In the early stages of the project, “we were working to save lives,” Ciza says. “Now we are battling to change social norms. Changing social norms is not easily measurable, but if we are ever going to eliminate the kind of violence we see here, we have to change the culture.”
Partnerships in that fight include the local religious community and the American Bar Association, which advises on how to set up legal clinics and arbitration.
IMA and Lutheran World Relief President and CEO Daniel Speckhard says justice is at the heart of the Tushinde project.
“There are stories of women who are thrown out of their families because they were assaulted,” Speckhard says. “Tushinde brings a sense of justice and, more importantly, shifts that feeling of shame from the survivor to the perpetrator.”
It is a shift Speckhard has witnessed. On a recent visit, he chatted with the proprietor of a sewing business who had been through the program.