Gender transformative approaches, power inequalities, and a checklist for addressing these

Making Waves members and colleagues in other organisations recently wrote about the importance of gender-transformative approaches in the context of the current pandemic, asking Why is gender mainstreaming so vital right now? In this article, we outlined some of the problems caused for women, girls and gender-diverse people by pandemic responses that are not gendered. … Continue reading Gender transformative approaches, power inequalities, and a checklist for addressing these

Your feedback welcome! A draft set of feminist funding calls for action

Making Waves was pleased to be part of the July 2020 Women's Networking Zone session on funding for organisations led by women and girls working on HIV prevention and response. In that session, participants agreed that it is totally unacceptable that only 0.5% of international aid for gender equality goes directly to Southern women’s organisations. … Continue reading Your feedback welcome! A draft set of feminist funding calls for action

Our Voices: Covid-19 & SRHR

Impact of Covid-19 on women's and girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights in Southern and East Africa In August-September 2020, with support from ITPC, Salamander Trust and Making Waves consulted with 30 women in 10 counties in Southern and East Africa through interviews. Ten interviews took place virtually with women leading community efforts to … Continue reading Our Voices: Covid-19 & SRHR

Let’s talk about the dapivirine vaginal ring

By Joyce Ouma (Image: International Partnership for Microbicides) The European Medical Association (EMA) on July 24th 2020 gave a positive opinion on the dapivirine ring developed by the International Partnerships for Microbicides (IPM) for use by cisgender women aged 18 and above in supporting them not to acquire HIV during vaginal sex. The ring is … Continue reading Let’s talk about the dapivirine vaginal ring

Where is the support and funding for local, women-led and peer-led responses to COVID-19?

By Jacquelyne Alesi and Fiona Hale We are in the middle of a perfect storm. The climate crisis, the response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, ‘a crisis-within-a crisis’ in the form of the worst locust outbreak in decades, patriarchy, structural racism and rising inequality are all coming together to cause serious problems for people everywhere. … Continue reading Where is the support and funding for local, women-led and peer-led responses to COVID-19?

COVID-19 and adolescent girls and young women’s SRHR in South Sudan

By Nunu Diana Alison While countries are busy putting in place different guidelines such as lockdown, closing of schools and working from home, there has been an increase in sexual and reproductive issues such as rape, unattended childbirth and lack of access to health facilities for people living with HIV. And these arising issues are … Continue reading COVID-19 and adolescent girls and young women’s SRHR in South Sudan

‘Don’t turn us into projects’

Report of the session, ‘Where is the funding for women’s rights?’ convened by Positive Young Women Voices and Salamander Trust at the Women’s Networking Zone 2020, Wednesday July 8 #FeministFuturesHIV To watch the recording of the session click here. To see the Twitter moment, click here. Read our blog about funding for women's rights here. … Continue reading ‘Don’t turn us into projects’

The scandalous lack of funding for women’s rights organisations

Funding for women living with HIV is vital to implement WHO’s Consolidated Guideline on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women living with HIV. This is recognised in the checklist for community engagement to implement the guideline, which calls on key donor partners to ‘support organisations and networks of women living with HIV, especially … Continue reading The scandalous lack of funding for women’s rights organisations