Posted by: blog4globalhealth | 03/08/2011


IAVI Video: The Story of Madina Nakanjako

In honor of International Women’s Day, this short video tells the story of Madina Nakanjako. Madina, a Ugandan, is dealing with an issue many women deal with: her husband is HIV positive, she is negative and he does not want to use a condom. Power imbalances in relationships can affect the ability of women to control or negotiate the terms of sexual relations and condom use. Women are also more biologically vulnerable to HIV than men. Poverty and reliance on men for economic support limit women’s power to protect themselves. As part of an integrated prevention and treatment strategy, an AIDS vaccine holds the potential to turn the tide on this devastating pandemic.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. It was first celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. More than one million women and men attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights. One-hundred years later, International Women’s Day is observed in more than 25 countries worldwide where events are held to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Learn more about the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

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