From RISK to ACTION
Women and HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia
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.
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."
AMY L. HILL
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