The Our Bodies, Our Lives Campaign for Better ARVs in Malawi: Enacting Social Accountability Through Women’s Activism and Organizing

By: 
Shereen Essof and Alia Khan

This case study was presented at the Scaling Accountability: Integrated Approaches to Civil Society Monitoring and Advocacy workshop organised by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, School of International Service at American University, the International Budget Partnership and Government Watch of Ateneo School of Government, held 18-20 June 2015, in Washington, D.C. It discusses JASS’ work in Malawi, which began in 2007 as an effort to facilitate and support the greater participation of women living with HIV / AIDS (WLHIV) in all matters affecting their lives. It describes JASS’ entry into Malawi and the iterative process by which it worked with more than 1,200 WLHIV to strengthen both individual and collective voice and agency with the goal of transforming the structural drivers of discrimination, inequality and violence. This case study was also shared at the TALEARN workshop (November 2015) where we shared our movement building expertise and shaped the dialogue to this key field of donors, researchers and development practitioners.