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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.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

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Y's picture

You are so right, Erena, in

You are so right, Erena, in continuing to strive for greater reliability of internet access.

Y

Diane Ezeji's picture

NLK

What is NLK? Why is the stigma worse for women than men? Your article made me consider this situation for women, thanks.

Diane Ezeji

Erena Bayessa's picture

Power imbalance matters

NLK_ is an abbreviation stands for Negem Lela Ken New HIV Positive Women support Organization. NLK means in English, Tomorrow is Another Day

In the history of our communities and the society, women have been kept broken in the past from participation in development processes in their communities, whilst refused many of their deserved social, economic and political benefits unlike their male parts. Today, though there are some undeniable changes, yet there are many who view women as limited in power and rights than their male parts.

In existing trends, in particular, our target destitute and women Living with HIV/AIDS are identified to experience violence in terms of physical, psychological … and economic among others . Consequently, the women forced to find a way to earn income in commercial sex which leads them to unsafe sex, opportunistic infections, HIV acquisition and/or transmission.
Yet, again HIV+ recognized women, experience violence, stigma, and discrimination because of their status. This behavior becomes gatekeeper for many HIV+ women not to disclose their status and adhere to medication for fear of stigma, discrimination and facing again economic problem

Chiefly, therefore, economic and HIV/AIDS status, long established perceptions of power imbalance between men and women /gender in equality are continued be the critical challenge we should dedicatedly need to solve

bayessa

Jan K Askin's picture

Powerful work

Dear Bayessa,

You are engaged in heartbreaking yet powerful work. I applaud you dedication to NLK. It must be difficult to maintain your equanimity and mental health in helping women who have such limited choices in their lives, due to lack of education, poor health services, and a traditional culture in which women's lives have not been fully valued.

Best wishes to you in your heroic work.

Jan

Jan Askin

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