Majority of the countries in the Horn of Africa share features of social, economic and political violence which have an adverse impact on women and girls in the region. SIHA advocates for the end of systematic use of rape as a weapon of war, specifically advocating for an end to sexual violence perpetrated by militarized forces in these conflict and post-conflict situations. The cultures of silence and impunity have also riddled women and girls in the region to further entrench gender disparities. Consequently, SIHA utilizes its innovative and successful approaches particularly through work with youth to change gender inequitable attitudes between men and women and entrenched religious and cultural beliefs.
SIHA advocates for the end of all forms of violence against women and girls, not forgetting addressing domestic violence, which very often goes under-recognized and clandestine. Within this area of work, SIHA also condemns and advocates for the end of sexual harassment in the public space, including impeding on women’s freedom of movement.
SIHA builds the capacity of its members, and partners while working with professionals to provide medical, legal, psychosocial, and other support to survivors and building networks of supportive communities. SIHA aims to build sustainable support amongst survivors themselves through the creation and expansion of VAWG survivor networks.