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Take Five: "We Have the Expertise to Bring Solutions"

Svitlana Moroz is a Ukrainian women's rights activist living with HIV. She is one of the founders of the Union of Women of Ukraine Affected by HIV and has coordinated activities for the Eurasian Women's Network on AIDS. In this Take 5, UN Women speaks with Moroz about the importance of women's voices during the 22nd International AIDS Conference and beyond.


Living with HIV and Violence: Women of Ukraine Speak Out and Build Solidarity

For women living with HIV facing violence in Ukraine, lack of awareness, shelters and support services pose additional challenges. Peer-support groups and the National Women’s Forum on HIV, supported by UN Women is bringing awareness, action and new beginnings for HIV women survivors of violence living with HIV.


In the words of Baby Rivona: “Once I fought for my rights, the other women followed”

Baby Rivona is a passionate advocate of women living with HIV and AIDS. Her mission is to guarantee access to treatment, services and a life free of stigma and discrimination for women living living with HIV and AIDS.


A Positive Approach to Violence: An Interview with Indonesian HIV Advocate, Baby Rivona

Baby Rivona has advocated passionately on behalf of women living with HIV and AIDS in Indonesia since 2005. She contracted the disease herself through drug use, and was shocked by the stigma and the lack of support she encountered, from both her government and wider society.


"I am...": Women Living with HIV

I am Mariana Iacono, from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m a social worker and student of history. I love swimming in the sea if there are no jellyfish. I love reading and practicing sports. I work in education in two high-schools and I’m also a HIV/AIDS activist in RAMVHIS (Network of Women Living With AIDS in Argentina). I’m a member of Fundacion Buenos Aires SIDA and I represent them in a INADI forum. I have a mother and a father who are lovely,...


Empowering HIV-positive Women in Guyana

"I just wanted to make a difference and change women's lives. More women need to be empowered, have a voice and be able to stand up for their rights." Being diagnosed with HIV often leads to social exclusion. Not for Marlyn Cameron. When she was diagnosed in 2010, she took matters into her own hands, and joined the Sunshine Support Group in the Caribbean country of Guyana, a local network that empowers and supports women living with HIV and AIDS...


Story Of Three Positive Doughty Women: Down but not Out

I am Manisha and I have been HIV+ for the last 8 years. I came to know of my status in 2002 when my husband fell sick. I had not known that he was HIV+. Even when he told me, I did not take it very seriously as I had no knowledge about this disease and took it as a common ailment like TB or malaria. But my husband knew the gravity of the situation. Twice we both tried to commit suicide, but then I decided to take life as it came. My husband died...


Red Ribbons for Living

I am Muthukani (29 years old). My husband is a driver. He was affected by HIV. I have two children, both girls. My younger daughter is HIV positive. In 2005 at a government ART centre, I was approached by an outreach worker of the Positive Women Network (PWN+). I began to regularly attend support group meetings and receive counselling on taking care of my family's health.


Living with Hope

When my husband died because of some diseases related to HIV, I thought I had lost everything. At that time I didn't know about HIV, and my younger child and I tested positive for HIV. When I saw my son was seriously ill with TB, I felt he would die very soon. I didn't know where I would go for medicines and other support. I really got angry with my husband who gave us this disease. My daughter is 'negative,' so I know my in-laws will take care...


Blogging Positively: Maurine and Her Activism with Repacted

Longtime Rising Voices grantee Repacted from Nakuru, Kenya continues its work in surrounding communities using magnet theater as a way to engage the community, and youth especially, through dramatic interpretations that present real-life situations involving health issues such as HIV/AIDS and TB. The members of the Repacted team showcase their role-playing abilities in order to provide awareness and education to the community, but also to...


Blogging Positively: Interview with Blogger Leah Okeyo

Leah Okeyo is a community activist, blogger, author, and World Pulse correspondent. She is co-founder of two women's organizations-Jacolo Rural Women Response to HIV/AIDS, and Positive Action for Change (PACHO)-and is a participant in RV's "Blogging Positively" project. She is a Kenyan citizen and mother of six, who dreams of bringing computer technology and Internet access to her community, and who blogs regularly for a global audience.


Blogging Positively: Young Women Living with HIV Speak Out

I first heard about Barbara Kemigisa in a local church in Kampala, Uganda. She was giving a testimony about her life. When she first started talking, many people in the congregation were ready to hear the common conclusion "I thank God for....." However, she caught everyone's attention when she said these words "I am HIV Positive". The mood changed as she went on narrating her ordeal and how she acquired the disease. She concluded by saying that...


Working To Make A Difference

I am Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga, a 28-year-old woman from Bolivia living with HIV. It was in March 2000, when I had an infection that would not heal, that I went to hospital for tests. I was tested for many different illnesses including HIV. When the HIV test came back HIV positive, I could not believe it. My family did not reject me but received me with open arms, and told me they did not want to know what happened, they just wanted to be with...


Annah Sango, Zimbabwe, Women and Girls and HIV Prevention

Annah Sango, from Zimbabwe, is 24 and a vocal activist for HIV prevention. She attended the 2012 Commission on Population and Development with the support of UNAIDS, on behalf of the International Community of Women Living with HIV and AIDS, and spoke at a side event co-sponsored by UN Women. In this video, she speaks about how HIV has impacted her life, and the need for more young women and girls to get involved in its prevention.


Rethinking Harm Reduction with the Metzineres Transfeminist Approach

Intersectional feminist principles form the basis of Metzineres practices, a Barcelona based harm reduction organization. The Metzineres model highlights not only the interconnectedness of the social determinants of health but also the critical importance of a ‘holistic person centered’ approach to service users. Metzineres’s innovative and unique model has achieved worldwide acclaim and attention in the harm reduction sector and is cited as an...


WHRIN Interview with Patricia Gonzalez Zuniga

Patricia Gonzalez reflects on her near 30 years working with marginalized sectors of the community in Tijuana, Mexico. A combination of gendered, social and economic and political barriers impact on how marginalized sectors of society access health and welfare services- additionally the impact of the localized militarization of the War on Drugs has intensified both the state and social forms of violence experienced by women who use drugs...


SisterSpace: A Safe Space for All Women

SisterSpace provides a range of services responding to the needs of women who use drugs, including the world’s first women’s only safe injecting facility. In the following interview, CEO Janice Abbott reflects not only on how and why SisterSpace emerged but highlights the importance of fostering safe spaces and places for women in the community. Read the full story here .


Academy of Perinatal Harm Reduction Interview

This living report details the various global responses of organisations providing harm reduction and auxiliary services to women who use drugs. Responses to COVID restrictions for WUD have been mapped and are presented here .


WHRIN Interview with SANPUD (South African Network of People Who Use Drugs)

Angela and Julie, both working with women who use drugs in South Africa, discuss harm reduction services in an environment where women who use drugs experience high rates of gender-based violence, HIV prevalence and compound discrimination. Angela and Julie describe how women focused services are implemented in their country. Read the full story here .


Club Eney Ukraine Interview

Club Eney works with women at risk of HIV in Ukraine with a focus on providing women sensitive harm reduction services. In this interview Vielta tells of her personal journey from client to chair of Club Eney. She also discusses the integration of WINGS to address gender based violence as a component of their harm reduction service.  Read the full story here .