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According to a 1999 UNICEF report from the United Nations Children’s Fund, “…by the end of the year 2000, a cumulative total of 13 million children…lost their mother or both parents to AIDS, and 10.4 million of them (were) under the age of 15.”
According to a 1999 UNICEF report from the United Nations Children’s Fund, “studies in urban households of Côte d’Ivoire…show that when a family member has AIDS, average income falls by 52 to 67 per cent, while expenditures on health care quadruple.”
Sasa! (30 min)
Chanda Chevannes
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Sasa is a Kiswahili word that means now. Through my film I wish to convey a sense of urgency - now is the time to stop violence against women and prevent HIV/AIDS.

Prior to living in Uganda and working on this film, I was oblivious to the connection between domestic violence and HIV/AIDS. I did not understand the fear that many women live with daily or the sheer inequality they face in their home and communities.

When a woman fears violence from her partner, she is unable to negotiate safe sex, question him about his sexual partners or refuse to have sex if she suspects he is infected.

Conversely, if a woman suspects that she may be infected with HIV, she often will not discuss it with her partner or seek treatment for fear of violence or abandonment. Women who are suspected or found to be HIV positive face violence and stigma from their partners, in-laws, family and the community.

Sasa! highlights this injustice and demonstrates how, despite the incredible adversity, women in East Africa are addressing these issues, reaching out to one another and working together to change the power dynamics between women and men.

While we cannot fight all the battles, it is still vital to be aware of the issues affecting women of our generation. Especially when we have so much to learn from others' struggles and their incredibly creative approaches and solutions to issues affecting their lives.

 

 

 

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