We’ve just had wonderful news from Kathmandu. One of our women and her two daughters do not have HIV! Their husband/father died of AIDs and it is great that the disease was not passed on to them. God is good.
We are pleased to be able to take care of a lady with HIV at our Grace Women’s Home – her former husband transmitted the disease to her. She moved in last week and we provided all the ladies at the home training and education about HIV/Aids and how best to take care of her. Here they are discussing the issues.
WWR sends its congratulations to Equal Access Nepal, the makers of radio program Samajhdari, that has just won the One World Media Special Award. The program highlights the issues vulnerable women, just like those we help, face in Nepal.
Samajhdari (meaning “Mutual Understanding”) is a 30-minute weekly radio programme in Nepal that regularly reaches up to one million listeners. It aims to cover the correlation between violence against women and HIV/AIDS from the listener’s point of view, providing discussion and advice on situations that affect real people – and particularly women.
Every programme begins with a real dilemma that a listener has faced. These dilemmas have much to do with both violence against women and HIV/AIDS – such as, “I am a sex worker and if I say no to my clients’ demands, they beat me. What can I do?” or “My husband forces me to have sex when I don’t want to. How can I say no?”
The presenter then brings in a range of voices to comment on the issue, including other listeners and experts from the field. One pioneering element is the twelve community reporters who go into rural areas and collect much of the content that is then used for broadcast. These women are all survivors of violence, and this gives them an unrivalled insight into the dilemmas being discussed.
See http://www.equalaccess.org.np/samajhdari for more information.