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2 Two interconnected questions How can women continue to politicize and reclaim the HIV/AIDS agenda? (African women were the pioneers) How do we re-energize and strengthen feminist movements & agendas?

3 HIV/AIDS Magnifying glass to understand interconnected ways gender injustice operates within, between and outside us (class, race, sexuality, location, etc) Strategies & issues it brings together – from service to awareness to mobilization - hold all the elements of feminist movement-building process

4 Reclaiming HIV/AIDS: power Power over Vs Power to, within and with: movement- building

5 Power over Visible power: making & enforcing rules (laws, policies, budgets) Hidden power: setting the agenda (political forces that use resources to control visible power/ decisionmaking) Invisible power: shaping meaning, values & “what’s normal”; our internalized roles

6 Our political actions vs their tactics Visible power: lobbying, research theirs--- Cooptation, controlling policy spaces Hidden power: organizing, mobilizing, leadership, alliances; communications-media: name and shame theirs -- undermining our message / leaders & excluding Invisible power: questioning, awareness, reflection, confidence, political analysis, hope, love; understanding privilege-difference; Theirs -- controlling beliefs & information; fundamentalisms; consumerism; individuals

7 HIV/AIDS Technology Visible power: Condoms, ARVs, male circumcision ABCs Hidden: Big pharma, conservative religious groups Even potential allies Invisible: Reinforces women’s lack of control over sex & reproductive rights Responses: Microbicides, female condom New treatments Mobilize to name & shame: TAC; visibility Persuade-link with funders & strong gay men’s groups Raising our awareness of our bodies; confronting taboos about sex; educating the public

8 HIV/AIDS & Money Visible power: Global Fund, G-8, govts Healthcare privatization Home based care Hidden: pharma, conservative religious groups, international financials (aid & trade) Big NGOs Invisible: Reinforces women’s “lack of control over sexuality” & lack of voice; sense of powerlessness Responses: Funding for women’s rights-based programs for ARVs & technol, public health, livelihoods & land; anti-violence Mobilize to demand & influence donors, clinics, hosp Alliances with land, debt groups; with donors/ LGBT/ sex workers/ unions Research & action to track the money (budgets, etc.) Women’s rights education confidence-building, organizing; media; messages

9 HIV/AIDS, Sex & Stigma Where feminist perspectives make a big difference & voice of +women essential. VOICE, VISIBILITY&ORGANIZING POWER Power within: questioning, educating, awareness-raising, communications on sexuality, sexual & repro rights – taking on taboos; privilege Power to: Leadership, organizing around addressing needs Creative media strategies using real life stories

10 HIV/AIDS: a global feminist- movement-building agenda Addressing practical needs & rights Multiple actors & strategies at all levels of decisionmaking (around clinics, etc) Linked & GLOCAL Integrated agenda: economic-political- social Most affected at the heart of the movement Vision: hope, justice, power & love

11 Lisa VeneKlasen, JUST ASSOCIATES AWID Forum, November 16 th, 2008


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