women's health

Just like a saga, the recent media brouhaha on virginity testing for young girls in Indonesia proves that the discourse on this testing is far from over. In 2007, several students of Indramayu got involved in a sex video case. Indramayu regent Irianto MS Syafiuddin said back then that mandatory virginity tests will be enforced on young female students to determine if they are virgins – subject to their dismissal if proven otherwise. Although the testing never happened, the ‘virginity’ discussion continues to roll.
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Access to healthcare - HIV+ women are dependent on the failing infrastructure for information, treatment including ARVs, and care.
A participatory contextual analysis produced by 22 women activists, researchers, academics and practitioners at a two-day Thinkshop organized by JASS Southern Africa.
Enough! This is the cry of every woman feeling the pain of her 26 sisters now in Morong detention who were reportedly tortured and molested. The voice is getting louder, echoing from all corners of the land.
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This needs assessment is part of the JASS-Southern Africa Movement Building Initiative (MBI). The initiative is implemented in the African context where the combination of increasing poverty, failed states, corruption and in particular HIV and AIDS have had a particular impact on the lives of women.
Women living with HIV who are leaders in the AIDS movement in their communities in Malawi came together for the start of a four-day workshop organized by JASS. They started by creating startling and beautiful body maps. They did it without any artists to help. In groups of five, the women started by outlining their bodies on large sheets of paper. Each woman was drawn by the other women in the group. People stayed in their small groups to do this, sharing magic markers and other art materials. Through a series of imaginative exercises they added parts to the outline of their bodies.
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