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Are you a women or girl living with or affected by HIV and Aids: Do you wish to share your experiences in a book?

The Women's Leadership Centre (WLC) invites Namibian women and girls living with and affected by HIV and Aids to send in submissions for possible publication in a forthcoming book: An Anthology on Women and HIV/Aids.

The book will provide space for women and girls to articulate their experiences creatively and analytically and to mobilise their ideas, insights, knowledge, wisdom, skills and strengths.

The book will document personal stories of women living with and affected by HIV and Aids and identify gender issues driving the pandemic. The pieces published in this book will also be used as a basis for advocacy and lobbying on the needs of women and girls.

You can tell your story using the medium of short story, poetry, song, political analysis, personal testimony, letter, diary, or narrative of any kind. We also welcome submissions of art, photography, or any other medium that can be published in book format.

Some of the topics you could write about:

* Is the ABC strategy working for girls and women?

* On becoming infected

* Living with HIV and Aids

* Motherhood and HIV/Aids

* Poverty, unemployment and HIV/Aids

* Sex, pleasure and women's sexual rights

* Gender oppression and HIV/Aids

* Stigma, discrimination and disclosure of one's HIV status

* Violence and HIV/Aids

* Relationships and HIV/Aids

* Culture and HIV/Aids

* What do women and girls need to survive the HIV/Aids pandemic?

Pieces based on any other issue(s) around women, girls and HIV/Aids are also welcome. Your writing should be between 500 and 2 500 words.

How to participate:

Post, e-mail or fax your writing (in English) or your artwork to the WLC by 30 April 2006.

Include your name and contact details (telephone number(s), fax number, e-mail and/or postal address). If all these details are not available, please provide the contact details of a relative/friend/neighbour through whom you can be contacted.

Authors and artists of selected texts or artwork will each receive two copies of the printed anthology as a gesture of appreciation for having shared their work to make this anthology possible.

Send your writing/artwork to:

The Director

Women's Leadership Centre

P. O. Box 90675, Windhoek, Namibia

Telephone: 061-22 1106

Fax: 061-22 1896

E-mail: ncwl@mweb.com.na

This project is sponsored by Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), the Embassy of Finland, and the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (HIVOS). The WLC is very grateful for their support.
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