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Welcome to THE WHAVE!

Our podcast series is here!

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NEW – April 2020 – The WHAVE podcast papers! Based on all our podcasts so far.

Podcast Paper #1: funding grassroots women’s rights’ organisations, click here

Podcast Paper #2: the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV. Click here

Podcast Paper #3: the importance of recognising the expertise of women living with HIV and involvement in peer research. Click here.

Podcast Paper #4: How to make your own podcast. Click here

The financial contribution of UNAIDS towards this podcast series is gratefully acknowledged. However, its content and ideas expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of UNAIDS or engage the responsibility of UNAIDS

Listen in to leading women living with HIV around the world on several key topics close to their hearts.


Episode # 13:

We welcome back Longret Kwardem, Co-Director of 4M Mentor Mothers Network CIC. In this episode, Longret highlights the importance of women’s meaningful involvement as equal partners in all the decision-making processes that affect our lives, in order to achieve an effective, ethical and sustainable response.


Episode # 12:

In our 12th podcast, we bring you Longret Kwardem, based in the UK, who is a Co-Director of the 4MNet Mentor Mothers CIC. She is also a Salamander Trust Associate and a steering group member of the UK Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB). She is a peer researcher who has been involved with various peer-led research projects and coordinates a local peer support group. She is also a member of the Catwalk for Power and Supporting Women with HIV Information Network (SWIFT). In 2018 Longret was awarded the title of Woman of the Year by the NAZ Foundation in their annual nOscars. Here Longret talks about what peer support work entails, how much it means to women living with HIV, and the huge funding challenges facing grassroots women’s rights organisations such as 4M. To read more about 4M’s work, click here.


Episode # 10:

In our 10th podcast, we are so happy to introduce Rahayu Rahmat from Malaysia, who founded Sinar Sofia, and who is on the Board of the International Community of Women living with HIV Asia Pacific. Rahayu talks about the SRHR of women living with HIV in Malaysia, the challenges they face with healthcare and her priorities for improved quality of life. To buy Rahayu’s book, “Be careful of this woman: my journey to freedom”, which supports her work, click here.


Episode # 9:

For our 9th podcast, we are delighted to welcome back Lucy Wanjiku Njenga from Kenya. She first spoke to the WHAVE in January 2019, when she highlighted the restrictions then in place on access to antiretroviral drug Dolutegravir (DTG) for women of reproductive age in Kenya. In this new podcast, Lucy explains how women came together to achieve change and overturn the restriction. She highlights the importance of ensuring women are at the centre of decision-making that affects their lives, and how the WHO Consolidated Guideline on Sexual and Reproductive Health of Women living with HIV supports that.

If you’d like to read the resources mentioned in the podcast, links are below:

a) The Consolidated guideline on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV. WHO, 2017.

b) Translating community research into global policy reform for national action: A checklist for community engagement to implement the WHO Consolidated guideline on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2019

c) WHO launch of the Checklist for implementation of the WHO 2017 Guideline on the SRHR of women living with HIV. BMJ SRH Blog; July 2019

d) Our Rights – Our Lives – Our Decisions! A brief about ARV choices for women and girls living with HIV as a human right, with dolutegravir as a focus. Salamander Trust and partners. 2019. [Nb an updated version of this will be released shortly.]


Episode # 8:

Our 8th podcast is with Bakita Kasadha of the UK again. This time Bakita talks about U=U (undetectable = untransmittable) and the vital and transformative importance of this information for people living with HIV. To access a statement about U=U from i-Base, click here.


Episode # 7:

Our 7th podcast is with Bakita Kasadha of the UK. Bakita talks about the importance of the meaningful participation of women and young people living with HIV.   To access the Global Network of Young People living with HIV, click here. To access the BAKITA:KK website, click here. To access an image of the Participation Ladder, adapted as a tree and used as part of an advocacy campaign by ICW in 2011, click here.


Episode # 6:

Our sixth recording is from Martha Tholanah of Zimbabwe about cervical cancer. The recording is below.


Episode # 5:

Our fifth recording is from Resty Nalwanga of Uganda about peer mentoring. The recording is below.


Episode # 1:

Our first contribution is from Lucy Wanjiku from Kenya on dolutegravir. The recording is below.