Last week I attended the African Health Promotion Summit where I had been asked to present around the reciprocal links between of Gender Based Violence and HIV. This is a huge issue for all women living with HIV, not just African women.
I prepared a presentation very much framed on the approach of f the Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS in Malawi (COWLHA) who uses Stepping Stones to overcome the impact of Gender based Violence and HIV, and to improve communication and relationship skills and restore peace and prosperity in their families and communities. It is possible to see them in action here.
The title, focuses on ‘Safety and Respect, ‘ two positive notions, rather than the stigmatized HIV and GBV. This is an attempt to use empowering language,. A language that doesn’t reinforce ”the problem’ and stigmatizing notions, but that enables us to focus on positive aspects and envisage solutions.
My slides, including the title, are also heavily indebted to a presentation Alice Welbourn made for a quarterly meeting of the UKConsortium on AIDS and Development last summer (they recently re-branded as STOP AIDS) .
This infographic shows clearly that around the world an average of 1 in 3 women have been affected or will be.
This slide shows clearly the impact of this violence on women, in terms of mental health, sexual and reproductive health and death and injury.
You can read this paper here
And 14% had experienced Violence from their partner in the past year!
This was presented as a poster at BHIVA in 2012. .
The full report is available here.
To read more about this report go here.
Or maybe simply follow WHO recommendations? You can read about them here. Those recommendation are also for European countries!
I would like to leave you with the vision developed by PozFem members who lead the participatory research on Gender based Violence and HIV in the UK.