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HIV, Women and Motherhood CD

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HIV, Women and Motherhood

An audio project now on CD from the Salamander trust www.salamandertrust.net

HIV, Women and Motherhood is a new Salamander Trust project, based on a Strategies for Hope venture into the world of audio documentation.

In this project, it explores many complex issues facing women living with HIV in relation to motherhood. Alice Welbourn, author of Strategies for Hope publication Stepping Stones, and herself a mother and living with HIV, together with radio producer Rosemary Hill, recorded interviews with 12 HIV- positive women form all over the world who are either mothers or want to become mothers.

Each describes how she learnt of her diagnosis, what she has done with her life since then and offers policy recommendations related to her experiences. Some of their experiences were deeply traumatic and many have faced prejudice and stigma. But each of them displays courage, resilience and a desire to change the world.

There is also an interview of two key international advocates for women’s rights. Hon. Mary Robinson (former President of Ireland) and Dr Musimbi Kanyoro (Director, Population Programme, the Packard Foundation).

The 14 interviews together (around 12 hours interview time altogether). Contain many important lessons for law and policy makers, health practitioners, media reporters, faith- based organisations and law enforcers alike.