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#ConfinedbyCovid: women and girls, HIV and SRHR. The challenges, the responses, and calls to action

On January 27 2021, ITPC, Salamander Trust and Making Waves held a webinar to talk about the findings of community-led research on the impact of Covid-19 on women and girls living with and affected by HIV, including the impact on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Four of the researchers, Joyce Ouma (Kenya), Jacquelyne Alesi … Continue reading #ConfinedbyCovid: women and girls, HIV and SRHR. The challenges, the responses, and calls to action

Obstetric violence, respectful maternity care, and women and adolescent girls living with HIV – Upholding our SRHR as essential during COVID-19 and beyond

December 2020 by Making Waves The impact of COVID-19 on obstetric violence  COVID-19 has caused massive global upheaval, including to HIV and sexual and reproductive health services. Disruptions to maternity care services due to COVID-19 in low and middle-income countries over 6 months were predicted in early estimates to cause 12,200 – 56,700 additional maternal … Continue reading Obstetric violence, respectful maternity care, and women and adolescent girls living with HIV – Upholding our SRHR as essential during COVID-19 and beyond

#16daysofActivism2020

Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we join with sisters and friends around the world to say – again – enough is enough. This #16DaysOfActivism, in this year of COVID-19, lockdowns, curfews and movement restrictions, violence against women and girls in all our diversities is a pandemic, and it … Continue reading #16daysofActivism2020

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

Credit: International Partnership for Microbicides

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

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