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Over two days, more than 140 HIV positive women activists met in Malawi 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.
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It’s hot. 36 degrees. We are not sure the march is going to happen. How can women take to the streets with the sun burning down on their heads? As we arrive at Kamazu Statue, there are not many women present. There is no shade left, so we sit in the bus. We are really not sure if it’s going to happen. Sibongile from M+ gets out and for the next half hour there is lots of talking, walking back and forth, negotiation and gesticulation. At some point she disappears, when she returns she tells us she was asked to address the gathering crowd.
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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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There’s energy in the air—here in Malawi. It crackles and shimmers, builds and builds, until it feels as though we are riding on a tidal wave of collective power, of women who have come from every corner of the country ready to raise their voices and make change happen.
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The dusty roads twist and turn. The setting sun signals the end of another day. The roads are chock full of mini busses ferrying weary workers home, street side sellers with tomatoes, ground nuts, sweet potatoes, dried fish, bananas, all wares for evening meals.
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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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