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Women and HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia


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From RISK to ACTION documents efforts in Ethiopia by those who recognize that gender bias, poverty, lack of access to education, and violence make women more vulnerable to HIV infection than men. This film profiles the connection between gender and HIV/AIDS, as well as the work of leaders in education and policy change to improve the status of women.

We meet not only trained professionals, but a range of citizens who play essential roles in being of service to the community. We see a group of teen-aged girls perform a play which they've written for their peers to raise awareness about safer sex. We watch commercial sex workers teach each other about condom use. We hear from a women's rights attorney who describes in depth why women are particularly vulnerable. We also meet men, a male nurse who teaches sex workers new skills as alternatives to prostitution, and an anti-aids club coordinator who organizes street theater performances to give illiterate people, information about prevention. The courageous work of community leaders to improve the status of women and secure their human rights is explored in depth from many perspectives.


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Reviews for the Series

"Concentric Media's efforts are helping many others to find their voices and is allowing them to participate in the healing process. In the end it is their voices that will teach the community and thereby start reversing the high trend for the incidence of HIV/AIDS in nations like Ethiopia. HIV+ people have taken more than a first step in creating awareness about the disease. It is our turn to listen and get involved."
Center for Digital Storytelling

"Whether in Ethiopia or in the US, accurate information and honest communication about sexuality are essential. This includes information to dispel the myths about HIV/AIDS that lead to fear of and discrimination against those living with or orphaned by the virus, and to a reluctance to get tested for the virus. It also includes a willingness to overcome deeply rooted cultural discomfort with discussions about sexual behavior."
Submitted by NOMBUSO
The Communication Initiative Network


Director: Dorothy Fadiman
Producers: Amy Hill, Dorothy Fadiman, Matthew Luotto, Shenaz Zack
Camera: Matthew Luotto, Henock Hailu, Cotton Coulson

Editors: Amy Hill, Matthew Luotto,
Shenaz Zack
Still Images: Sisse Brimberg
Music: Aster Awake
Outreach: Maribea Berry, Johanna Gereke
Principal advisor: Dr. Agonafer Tekalegne
Support team in the USA and Ethiopia

Information on women with HIV/AIDS
in Ethiopia/Sub-Saharan Africa (pdf)

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts nearly for 70% of HIV and AIDS cases world wide. At present, women are 58% of adult HIV infections in Sub-Saharan Africa. The rate of infection for young women however is likely to be twice as high as that for young men. The inequalities and disadvantage that characterizes the lives of women in Africa drive this exponential rate of increase in the infection of women and girls. The poverty of women often leads to risky behavior. Young girls are vulnerable victims of sexual predators in their homes, in the schools and in the community. Violence and war leave women with no protection from rape. Furthermore women do not have the power or means to negotiate for safer sex or protection from coercion. This situation is fuelling the pandemic with great cost to human lives, to the care for children and to national economies. Despite the effect of their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, women have been on the forefront of efforts to cope with the pandemic. Women represent 95% of the care providers of those infected and affected by the disease.
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