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"As a feminist activist, I’ve never had a dream as I have now because I can see us moving forward." ~ Thokozile Phiri-Nkhoma, Malawian activist. This week, JASS SNA in collaboration with partner, MANERELA+ and over 120 women activist leaders who have been part of the movement building process in Malawi for over three years will carry out a week of action to challenge the Malawian government. What are women fighting for? For the government to provide better quality ART (antiretroviral treatment) and comprehensive treatment literacy for all Malawians, and ensure more resources such as savings loans, fertilizers and seeds to support HIV positive women and sustain lives.
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Over two days, more than 140 HIV positive women activists met to celebrate the campaign they built to access to better ARVs and treatment literacy. As a prelude to the Global Race to SAVE Lives Conference, the national dialogue was a great opportunity for women to share and reflect as well as strategise. Take a look!
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JASS’ widely-recognizable symbol speaks right to the heart of women across the region. From rural activists in Northern Malawi to young women in Lusaka, the call to “cross the lines” of inequality and oppression rings true. See JASS SNA in action.
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In Malawi, women account for more than half of the almost one million people infected with HIV (57%).
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Hope Chigudu and the JASS Southern Africa team gathered Malawian women's stories to give a glimpse of work on the ground in Malawi, the shifts that the women have made to change their lives and the dilemma of monitoring and evaluating the shifts. This series of stories demonstrates that there are parallels and connections, and points of intersection between the oppression of HIV+ women in Malawi, and social and cultural expectation and poverty.  These elements actually overlap and reinforce each other.
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Hope Chigudu and the JASS Southern Africa team gathered Malawian women's stories to give a glimpse of work on the ground in Malawi, the shifts that the women have made to change their lives and the dilemma of monitoring and evaluating the shifts. This series of stories demonstrates that there are parallels and connections, and points of intersection between the oppression of HIV+ women in Malawi, and social and cultural expectation and poverty.  These elements actually overlap and reinforce each other.
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Hope Chigudu and the JASS Southern Africa team gathered Malawian women's stories to give a glimpse of work on the ground in Malawi, the shifts that the women have made to change their lives and the dilemma of monitoring and evaluating the shifts. This series of stories demonstrates that there are parallels and connections, and points of intersection between the oppression of HIV+ women in Malawi, and social and cultural expectation and poverty.  These elements actually overlap and reinforce each other.
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In the safe spaces that JASS Southern Africa creates, Malawian women have found growing confidence to tell their own stories, even when these concern taboos. While a great many women are involved in transactional or survival sex, the power of stigma prevents them from being open about it. Gradually, however, this too is changing. Sarah (not her real name) bravely shares her story with us in her own words.
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Founded by People living with HIV (PLHIV) in 1997, MANET+ is a coordinating and facilitating body that promotes effective networking amongst associations and support groups of people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS and organisations working on HIV/AIDS.
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The National Association for People Living with HIV and AIDS in Malawi (NAPHAM) was established in 1993 by a small group of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) who observed that their needs were not being met. A membership organisation active in all 28 districts of Malawi, NAPHAM fights against stigma and discrimination, advocates for supportive environments for PLHIV, and facilitates localised support groups for those who are infected and directly affected by HIV and AIDS.
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