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Second, we did not raise culturally sensitive issues from the first day of the project. We announced the establishment of a class entitled ‘life skills’, in which the instructors taught adult learners skills such as tailoring, embroidery and similar skills. “During those classes, the learners gradually became friendly, and trusted their instructors and one another. Then the instructors began talking about family planning, using the format of storytellers. In the course of teaching family planning, methods of birth control were discussed.

Among the strategies they employ are refusing to participate in cutting ceremonies and confiscating cutting equipment. • Surgeons, TBAs, mentors and guardians have begun to organize themselves to oppose the practice. One such group, in Kongasis county and Chesower subcounty, has formed an association with TBAs and are prepared to stop cutting, once they gain the support of the community’s leaders. • The Sabiny Elders Association has been internationally recognized. The association won the United Nations Population Award in 1998.

A peer education programme was carried out to support girls’ education and to disseminate messages about repro- 1 Much has been documented about the partnership, most notably the recent publication by UNFPA, Eradicating Female Genital Cutting: The Ugandan Experience. Winning Support from Some of Uganda’s Custodians of Culture: Elders, Bishops and Kings 31 TYPICAL TOPICS AND PRESENTERS IN SENSITIZATION WORKSHOPS • Programme staff provided information on reproductive health issues; • An elder related the history of female genital cutting in Kapchorwa; • An elder presented the socio-economic aspects of male and female circumcision; • A facilitator from the Department of Health discussed the medical consequences of female genital cutting; • Programme staff discussed possible next steps.

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