continued NLK Women online
NLK is continuing its operation throughout the most pandemic affected target grass root communities of Ethiopia. Hitherto, HIV/AIDS affected women groups are increasingly experiencing shortage of living, abandonment, isolation, stigma, discrimination and violence which involve physical and psychological harm in their communities.
Violence against Women (VAW) is the root cause to the women often gets infected by HIV/AIDS. In the target communities, low income women experience Violence in terms of physical, psychological and economic among others. As the result, the women forced to find a way to earn income in commercial sex work which leads them to unsafe sex, opportunistic infections and HIV acquisition and/or transmission. Yet again, HIV+ recognized women, experience violence, stigma and discrimination because of their HIV status. This behavior becomes a gatekeeper for many HIV positive women not to disclose their HIV status and adhere to their medical treatments for fear of Violence, stigma and discrimination. Therefore, violence against women has been identified to be the root cause to many women infected by HIV/AIDS.
Therefore, NLK is committed to maintain its clear and consistent path to continue raise the voices of HIV/AIDS infected women and other vulnerable women groups towards realizing their deserved social, economic and human right. In this end, the NLK women are working to improve the predicament faced the target deprived women living with HIV/AIDS by establishing friendly internet center to enable the target women participation as an active online communication with international communities to express their cause and meet their needs through mobilizing resources that is stimulated by their own thinking and deliberation and which they can effectively influence.
Nevertheless, the Technology acquisition is costly. Moreover, lack of skill, unreliability and speed of the internet has been a barrier for the women. Therefore, currently NLK women seek resources and facilities required to ensure smooth operation of the program and sustainability.