Here in Malawi (and in many other countries in Sub-saharan Africa), HIV has a woman’s face. It is clear that this is linked to many women’s lack of social and economic power. Sexual and reproductive health rights are rights for everyone – not just those who enjoy power and privilege. Gender based power dynamics are fueling the spread of HIV with devastating effects here.
- Get tested! Know your HIV status.
- Choose to reduce harm to yourself and others by using a condom or a clean needle.
- Talk about HIV with family and friends. Talking breaks down barriers and reduces stigma!
- Wear a red ribbon.
- Add a twibbon on twitter or facebook (http://twibbon.com/join/The-end-of-AIDS-2)
- Learn more about HIV - educate yourself and share the information with others! (http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/fastfactsabouthiv/)
- Donate time, resources or money to a local or international HIV/AIDS cause.
- Now for the shameless plug: If you are interested, I am raising funds to buy Bicycle Ambulances to be used in rural areas of Malawi to take people living with HIV/AIDS to the hospital. Distances can be very long, and those too stick to walk are sometimes carried or pushed in wheelbarrows. Bicycle ambulances (a bike with a stretcher on wheels attached to the back) provide a safer, faster and more dignified way to travel. Check it out at : http://www.uniterra.ca/assets/Uploads/Take-action/Campaigns/BikeForAids/bike-for-AIDS-info-sheet-EN.pdf or make a donation at http://my.e2rm.com/personalPag
e.aspx?SID=3220148&langPref= en-CA !