Final Evaluation: Combating Stigma Against Sexual Violence Survivors and their Children in Gulu District, Northern Uganda
Grantee: African Partners for Child Poverty (APPCO)
Grant period: 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2021
Grant amount: USD 238,814
In Uganda, the African Partners for Child Poverty implemented a three-year project “Combating Stigma Against Sexual Violence Survivors and their Children in Gulu District, Northern Uganda” with the support of the UN Trust Fund. The project aimed to reduce stigma against women and girl survivors of sexual violence in Gulu District by empowering community champions to drive systemic behavioural change in communities and among service providers.
Main findings of the evaluation:
Some 63% (63 of 100) of the survivors surveyed during the evaluation reported that they felt accepted in community spaces, and 87% said their faith leaders preached against sexual violence in communities at the end of the project compared to nearly 71% at the beginning.
In the same survey, 74% of respondents said youth were always engaged in advocacy and activities that result in ending sexual violence, compared to 12% at the start of the project.
The capacity of the participants in prevention and response towards self, family and community stigma improved, with 79% of respondents reporting an increased ability to meaningfully engage and make well-informed and positive decisions.