Africa

ARVs make women lives safer

ARVs make women lives safer

Seven years ago when Mary Alividza’s doctor diagnosed her with HIV/AIDS, her living became a nightmare. One morning after an animated discussion with her husband about conceiving their second child, she left to see a doctor to attend to her recurring cough.

Facebook insecurities lead to abuse

Facebook insecurities lead to abuse

Three months after giving birth to my son, I discovered that we were both HIV positive. My boyfriend, the baby’s father, tried to blame me. At that time, we lived 400kms away from each other. He had already told me that his sexual desires were causing him to go and seek satisfaction outside our relationship, but he insinuated that it was someone in my past, and not him who had given me HIV. I lost all hope in finding true love and a man who’ll love me and protect me.

Quote of the day_30 November 2011

It is very very important for us to take action at the local level. Because sometimes when we think of global problems, we get disempowered. But when we take action at the local level, we are empowered. À“ Wangari Maathai, Kenya.

Africa: Refusing to sink like the titanic!

Africa: Refusing to sink like the titanic!

The world and its inhabitants are like the gigantic Titanic ship and its passengers on that fateful night on 15 April 1912. Due to human error and miscalculation on that night, the “ship of dreamsÀ accidentally hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean leading to its sinking and leaving thousands dead and a handful alive.

On that fateful night, small ships had warned that all ships had to sail with extreme caution due frozen blocks in the water. But according to its makers, the ship could sustain any amount of damage and still remain afloat. They labelled it “unsinkableÀ.

Life in the shelter

Life in the shelter

The best thing that has happened to me is living in the shelter. I never thought a shelter could give me so much happiness. I am well surrounded by friends. I am learning a lot and being looked after by caring people.

Maasai seeking to end female genital mutilation- The Star

A small church house shelters a dozen Masaai girls escaping female circumcision and early marriages, age-old customs of the Kenyan tribe now frayed by health risks and new laws. While Masaai elders strongly defend their culture, some men have turned their backs on it, and in the town of Narok, west of the capital, west of the capital Nairobi, they have opened a church-run centre to rescue girls from circumcision

Gender and National ICT Policy in Africa: issues, strategies, and policy options

The paper commences with a review of the concept of Information Communication technology (ICT) and points out how it has become a potent force in transforming social, economic and political life globally. It then discusses the linkage between gender and ICT especially how ICT has widened the digital divide gap between Africa and the rest of the world on one hand, and between males and females on the other. It later gives an overview of the ICT policy formulation situation in Africa pointing out the gender provisions in the national ICT policy documents of some African countries.

50/50 campaign “politically incorrect?”

The 50/50 campaign in decision making by 2015 spearheaded by SADC Protocol on Gender and Development seems to be bringing with it mixed feelings, views and opinions. While for some quarters the campaign has brought with it the renewed hope of women empowerment and emancipation, others feel it is “politically incorrect”. They feel the campaign reinforces the superiority of men over women. This case study discusses newspaper article (a letter to the Editor) in which the writer feels that the 50/50 campaign makes women “second class citizens who cannot rise to the heights without push from men or a piece of legislation”.

A greater need for female condoms

Global Health Council statistics put women aged 15-25 (sexually active group) as one-and-half times more likely to contract HIV than young men. We need to find alternative ways that can enable and empower women to protect themselves from contracting the virus. One initiative has been advocating the use of the female condom.

Africa: Breadwinners and health winners in the fight against HIV

It is a well- known fact that more women than men know their HIV status and that it would be great if more men went for testing. What is not so well known -and I speak from personal experience- are the inner struggles that men have to confront before going for testing.
So many men are still dead scared of the pandemic. Take for instance one long day when my wife Carol decided to undergo an HIV and AIDS test as part of antenatal care. I dreaded receiving a call from her and I do not speak for myself. I know some friends who dread the antenatal visit which involves voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) for pregnant women. When I asked Carol about her decision to get tested, she responded casually and expressed the need to protect the unborn child.