The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, in cooperation with the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights, the International Community of Women Living with HIV and members of the “More Than Our Status” initiative, is pleased to release its World AIDS Day edition of the Watchdog!
Within these pages you will get a glimpse of the stories of young women and adolescent girls from diverse parts of the world, and their everyday lives as people living with HIV and/or affected by HIV. These are young people who face multiple forms of oppression, disproportionate discrimination, violence and lack of respect for their rights, including their sexual and reproductive rights, because of their HIV positive status.
Their stories serve to renew our call to end stigma, violence and discrimination against young people living with HIV.
In this issue:
- My Story
- Every Minute is a Gift
- “We Were More Than our Status and Wanted to Dream More”
- HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination: What’s Wrong with our Societies?
- My Past Does not Define Me
- Body Mapping Workshop
The Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) is a southern-based global network that builds and strengthens movements for sexual and reproductive health, rights (SRHR) and justice. Our work is grounded in the realities of those who most lack economic, social and political power. We work to realize the full sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people, with a particular focus on the most marginalized.
The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) exists to lead efforts towards securing and improving the quality of life for women living with HIV. We do this by mobilizing, organizing, advocating, mentoring and raising consciousness on the issues that directly impact our lives. Since 1992, ICW has been the only global for and by network of women living with HIV. ICW supports and mentors young women through the ICW Chapter for Young Women, Adolescents and Girls.
More Than Our Status Campaign is a global collective of young women activists from the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV communities. Together we support the efforts of a Nigerian coalition (SHEWE) of activists that work to build a strong, inclusive SRHR movement that fully addresses the needs of women living with HIV. Our collective builds off the work that we do in our home countries, which we then bring to and share at the global level.
Special note: The submissions to this edition of the Watchdog reflect the individual contributor’s expression of this topic and are only those of the individual. The submissions are not necessarily reflective of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR), the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), or the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW).