More about Julius Kaggwa
Julius Kaggwa is the Founder of Support Initiative for People with Atypical Sex Development (SIPD) Uganda, the first human rights organisation in Uganda to provide objective information on atypical sex development issues (also known as intersex conditions). SIPD was also the first Ugandan organisation to particularly address the need for organised medical and psychosocial support, public education, as well as advocacy for human rights protection of intersex children and people.
Since the early 2000s, Julius has been a fervent advocate for the rights of intersex and gender variant people. He is the author of several media articles on the human rights of intersex children and people in Uganda, and has facilitated a number of national, regional, and international workshops on the rights of intersex and gender variant people. He led the Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law for the first phase of its existence, and was at the forefront of the campaign against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill tabled in Uganda’s parliament in October 2009. He testified before the US Congress and did extensive advocacy in Uganda, Kenya, the US, South Africa, and Europe on the human rights implications of the bill.
As a first generation African intersex activist, Julius was part of the founding team for the coalition “Transitioning Africa” that initiated, facilitated, and strengthened the growth of both intersex and trans organising in East and Southern Africa in the early 2010s.
Julius continues to contribute to intersex movement building in Africa and Asia, and has been at the forefront of African Intersex leadership development, which led the collective action that formed the Africa Intersex Movement. His passion is to see a world where every human being is treated with dignity and without discrimination on any basis.