Project name: Increased social inclusion of youth and women living with HIV
Duration: 10 months (March 2009 – January 2010)
Project goal: Involving youth and women living in HIV in activism for providing better conditions and rights of PLHIV population, including the right to adequate health and social services, education, resocialization, with a special accent on animating PLHIV for further activism and fight for their own rights, but also in positive prevention of HIV.
The project had two components: the first working with women, and the second working with youth. There are two significant common parts both of these comonents have, which are bigger social impact and engagement in fight against discrimination.
Activities: The part of the project working with women living with HIV was directed at helping improve their quality of life, as well as quality of life of their families. They were trainigs and discussions on health, motherhood, HIV, sexuality, sexual relations, prevention of HIV and life with HIV, loss, suffering, human and women's rights as well as the necessity of their direct involvemnt in activities which would improve those rights. Thus we hope to improve their knowledge and preparedness to face new life challenges and empower some of them to activate in providing support and other services. Specific programs will be directed to mothers but also for those who are yet to plan and start a family.
The component directed at youth living with HIV started from a significant point that the youth present a significant work potential of the society. Thus the project was aimed to support the young people living with HIV and train them for more active social involvemnt. The educations provided will help increase their own awareness on their own health, HIV, but also on significance of social involvement which will improve their own social status.
Results: More then 25 young men and women living with HIV took socially responsible role in improving the quality of their own life and lives of and other PLHIV, in reducing stigma and discrimination against PLHIV and in preventing further spread of HIV within their social communities. They were all participants in the research of the attitudes of among youth PLHIV in Serbia, and were informed and encouraged not to be just victims of the AIDS but active factors in fight against it.
More then 30 women living with HIV have improved their quality of life and are empowered and self organized to take active role in the society in advocating for the rights of PLHIV, reducing stigma and discrimination against PLHIV and preventing further spread of HIV, particularly for PLHIV women, children and their families.
National capacities are strengthened for response to the needs and fulfilment of rights of PLHIV community, in particular in reducing stigma and discrimination.