Special focus on women, girls and HIV
Today, more than 30 years into the HIV epidemic, 80 per cent of all women living with HIV around the world, live in sub-Saharan Africa. In this region, 76 per cent of young people living with HIV between the ages of 15 and 24 are female. In Eastern and Southern Africa, young women are up to 6 times more likely to be infected than the males in their age group. WHY?
Not Me, Not Mine: Women, girls and HIV is a special, visual focus on women, girls and HIV that endeavours to bring to the foreground the human faces and the real stories behind the data. Understanding that individual behaviour change will not make a difference if the broader society is not mobilised and if protective policies and laws are not enforced, Not Me Not Mine: women and girls and HIV seeks to impact the audience viscerally and consciously, encouraging action in support of women and girls.
This character driven documentary is a conversation between an older, HIV positive woman and her niece. They explore the similar and varying issues that they both face, across generations: what it means to be a woman, mother, elderly and HIV positive in Lesotho. They speak about love, marriage, motherhood, inter-generational sex and healt h sytems in the contect of HIV in Lesotho.
A character driven documentary that examines HIV - sero-discodancy - when one partner in a couple is HIV positive and the other is HIV negative. Focusing on three sero-discordant couples in Uganda, Tough Bonds examines the realities of their relationships, such as marital sex, possibilities of conceiving a child, betrayal, hopes, dreams as well as broader policy implications in Uganda.
- Social norms: Two Kenyan widows describe their difficult journeys with HIV, the death of a husband and customary law
More stories will be published in the coming months
A collection of photographs by Leonie Marinovich capturing a ‘day in the life’ of HIV positive women in Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia and South Africa. The photographs are part of a audio-visual itinerant exhibition organised in partnership with Standard Bank. With the aid of an audio narrative in the voice of the protagonist, the photographs tell the women’s stories and explore the ways in which they navigate their lives as mothers, wives, professionals, students, sexual beings in the context of HIV.
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An insight into the lives of the women featured in the photogallery, each woman tells her own story and shares her experience of living with HIV.