“I Have a dream” Video Project

This year, the International AIDS Conference took place in Washington, D.C. The Conference provided a platform for HIV activists from all around the world to express their demands for justice and an effective response to HIV and AIDS.

Almost 50 years earlier, in this same city of Washington, D.C; Martin Luther King was giving his famous ‘I Have a Dream’speech. During this public speech, he imagined an end to racial inequality and discrimination.

mlMartin Luther King’s words had a powerful effect on the civil rights movement, mobilizing mass public support and influencing government reform. Even today this speech remains one of the most memorable in history.
Yet millions of people continue to experience the injustice and discrimination that he spoke about. This is especially true for women around the world living with HIV.

At Salamander Trust we have created a series of short videos to recognize the historical importance of the International AIDS conference 2012 and the incredible women activists that were present for it. We asked women living with HIV to tell us their dreams for the future. 

These videos show a powerful, collective representation of the dreams of women living with HIV in 2012, for a better future. Each video is accompanied by a collection of country specific resources. They have been chosen to demonstrate the wide range of challenges that continue to face people living with HIV in different parts of the world.

We hope that you enjoy these videos,
Best Wishes,
Nell Osborne

Read Nells’ article about the power of autonomous feminist movements on openDemocracy here.



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UK – Angelina

Angelina_Namiba“Do internationally recognized links between HIV and gender based violence have relevance in the UK?”

Angelina Namiba gave a talk part of the International AIDS Conference 2012 in Washington, on: ‘Sexual and reproductive health rights for HIV-positive women’
Video Webcast

Read all Positively UK Magazines here. The recent issue focused on HIV and migration focused on: “Far away from home: HIV and Migration

Watch a presentation given by Angelina about Peer support for pregnant women with HIV in the UK.



Argentina – Mariana


Young people living with HIV make their voices heard in regional consultation, See article here

This is the website for the ‘Network of women living with HIV and AIDS in Argentina

The Multiple Faces of the Intersections between HIV and Violence Against Women. Latin America and the Caribbean.

Resources in Spanish / Recursos en Español

Informe de situación de las mujeres viviendo con VIH o SIDA en Argentina.

Estigma y discriminacion hacia las mujeres viviendo con vih o sida en los servicios de salud publica en Argentina.

Dinys Luciano.Intersecciones entre el VIH y la violencia contra las mujeres en América Latina y el Caribe. DVCN Critiques, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2007.



Indonesia – Baby


The Women’s Program of the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (WAPN+), together with the Regional Treatment Working Group conducted a study on positive women’s access to reproductive and maternal health care and services in six Asian countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal and Vietnam).

The objective of the study to understand the experience of reproductive and maternal health services as reported by women living with HIV over 16 years of age that have been pregnant in the last 18 months.

Positive and Pregnant: How Dare You?

Here is presentation about the study, delivered this year as part of the International AIDS Conference in Washington:

Read Baby’s article about coerced sterilisation in Indonesia on openDemocracy here.

Video: English | Bahasa


USA – Carrie

Carrie_FooteFacts about the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the USA from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/women/pdf/women.pdf

Women and HIV in the USA (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2012)

This report explores the intersection between HIV and AIDS and Domestic Violence in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women.

IPV among women living with HIV is between 3 and 4 times greater than for those HIV-negative women. This HRSA Care Action factsheet contains information about women in the USA in the context Inter Personal Violence and HIV.

However, this year, on March 30th, President Barack Obama released a memorandum establishing a working group to address the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence Against Women and Girls, and Gender-related Health Disparities

Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. Visit their webpage here.

“HIV is not a Crime” This is a powerful short film that introduces HIV criminalization through the experience of three people living in the USA.


India – Anandi

For women in India, low economic and social status, abuse and violence, as well as limited legal and social protection increase their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.

Read a Compilation of Stories on Women and HIV in North India: Through a lens of gender based violence and stigma and discrimination by ICW – Asia Pacific.

Read how the introduction of a Pre-Marital HIV testing law in India, aimed at protecting women, could increase their vulnerability to HIV.

The Long Walk: Ensuring comprehensive care for women and families to end vertical transmission of HIV.  This report explores the quality and accessibility of services to prevent vertical transmission of HIV in India from a community perspective.

My Health, My Choice, My Child, My Life! Women demand the roll out of a comprehensive national action plan to end vertical transmission of HIV in India.



Kenya – Inviolata

Inviolata_MbwaviIn Kenya, HIV rates are almost twice as high for women as for men. Young women (between 15 – 24) are four times more likely to contract HIV than men of the same age (UNAIDS, 2010).

Read the report about experiences of Coerced Sterilisation from women living with HIV in Kenya. Watch the accompanying video Robbed of Choice here.

English | Ki-swahili






Cambodia – Dalish

Mony Penn: My Journey. Watch documentary about the life and work of Mony Penn, a woman living with HIV in Cambodia and working as an advocate for women’s rights

Asia Pacific Regional Dialogue of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, Bangkok, 17 February 2011

Video: English | Khmer



Italy – Silvia

Silvia_PetrettiRead the 2011 report of Italy from the Convention of Elimination of Discrimination against Women  (CEDAW) : Click here to download the report (PDF)

Silvia Petretti has a blog, which she regularly updates with news and opinions. It can be read here.

HIV in Italy: Epidemic continues Growing Among Women
An article by Silvia on the website Open Democracy, Read it here.

SHE is Italian resource website helping women living with HIV to understand their human rights. Visit it here.





Russia – SvetlanaSvetlana_Prosvirina

Many HIV-positive mothers and their children face pervasive discrimination and abuse in Russia. Positively Abandoned: Stigma and Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Mothers and Their Children in Russia

HIV and the Law in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. A report by The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) explores the violations to the human rights of people who use drugs that worsen the HIV epidemic.

Report on the Global Commission on Drug Policy, The War on Drugs and HIV/AIDS: How the Criminalization of Drug Use Fuels the Global Pandemic

Video, Russian (ENG subtitles)


Canada – Louise

Louise_BinderThe Public Health Agency has produced a fact sheet about HIV and AIDS in Canada.

Aboriginal women, women in prison, women involved in sex work, and transwomen all experience higher rates of HIV and violence. Read more about how HIV disproportionately affects women in Canada here.


A Series of Four papers on human rights of women living with or vulnerable to HIV in Canada:



Spain – MarijoMariJo_Vazquez

Violence against women living with HIV: A background paper. (Published March 2011).

Resources in Spanish / Recursos en Español:

Violencia contra las mujeres viviendo con VIH/sida: Documento de antecedents, por Fiona Hale y MariJo Vázquez

“Sanar a través de nuestras historias: las mujeres construyen la memoria histórica del VIH.” Escucharlos aquí

Video (ESP, English subtitles)


USA – Devarah

Devarah_BorregoHIV among transgender people: A factsheet Click to download (PDF)

Lots of links to resources from the Positive Women’s network USA.

Listen to Dee talk to POZ I AM RADIO about transgender women and HIV

Healing the Hurt: Women, Trauma and HIV. An article from POZ magazine, September 2012.

Read Dee’s article about transgender people on openDemocracy here.




UK – AliceAlice_Welbourn

1) UN Declaration of Human Rights 1948 (crafted by an international drafting committee, coordinated by Eleanor Roosevelt)

2) Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech

3) Mahatma Ghandi’s work on non-violence

4) Mary Robinson’s interview about HIV, Women and Motherhood, Mexico 2008

5) Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work

6) Former President Nelson Mandela on HIV and his son’s death

7) Ela Bhatt and her work to stop child marriage

8) Former UN SG Kofi Annan when he launched the Global Fund plans in 2001

9) Aung San Suu Kyi in her new role as UNAIDS ambassador

10) Former President Fernando Cardoso’s stand on HIV and human  rights

11) The Global Commission on HIV and the Law report 2012

12) The VIENNA Declaration on harm reduction

13) The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights commission

14) The NSWP website for the Global Network of Sex Work Projects

Read Alice’s article about the gender politics of funding for women human rights defenders on openDemocracy here.