Objectives :-

To increase participation and involvement of women in decision-making processes and advocacy activities for their HIV and SRH rights. To decrease in discriminatory practices and attitudes towards women living with HIV/AIDS, to reduce the spread of HIV infection and to mitigate its impact among our target women population and to improve the reproductive & sexual health.

Major Issues and Problems

Women are more vulnerable to the STI’s, HIV infections biologically, socially and economically, the exploitation, trafficking and Commercial Sex and health problems. Distance and lack of transport is resulting in lack of timely health service for pregnant women, Due to weak legislation and laws child marriages are still prevalent, due to fear of losing property consanguineous marriages among close relatives are still prevalent resulting in poor RCH, Address gender inequalities and the poverty and discrimination women face throughout the world, Policies and programmes need to expand income-earning opportunities for women, Promotion of institutional deliveries is also important, Combat ignorance, Develop female-controlled prevention methods, Reinforce women’s economic independence, vulnerability through policy change, Ensure access to maternal health services, Articulate their health needs and concerns, Participate more fully in social an economic development.

Description

Women’s health is being paid more attention in the context of illness & death during pregnancy, child birth and to save extent issues related to contraceptive use, Women are now feeling comfortable to discuss sexuality issues with their children and also anxious about providing two much information to make healthy and responsible decisions as they grow and develop through adolescence.

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Comment by Gaston on May 29, 2009 at 7:36am
Dear Rajapanthula, thank you for your posting which points out that we should acknowledge specific dynamics in communities to which we need to pay attention to, including the role of women. This includes us as facilitators in community settings. How can we ensure women get a voice in the AIDS Competence Process? There are several facilitation techniques (f.e. splitting up in sub-groups to build a separate women's dream/ vision of self-assessment). Afterwards the sharing in plenary is then essential to merge views of different community groups.

Could you share a positive experience in your context that showed how women took ownership of their HIV response? I would like to learn more about it.

Many thanks,

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