Nothing about us without us, one more time… with feeling

Today I stood up as a transwoman, a sex worker, and lost all chill at an abstract session at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa in Harare. The session about sex workers and human rights had not a single sex worker speaking. But not only that, the language itself was infuriating me… For years sex worker organisations have shouted “nothing about us, … Continue reading Nothing about us without us, one more time… with feeling

On “harmful cultural practices and norms”

Attending pre-conference events at the International Conference on AIDS and STIS in Africa (ICASA) 2015 in Harare, which starts tomorrow, the phrasing “addressing harmful cultural norms and practices” comes up often. Specifically in the context of gender and HIV this seems a very important issue. Now of course it is; there are a lot of cultural attitudes that are problematic in its enforcement of patriarchy, … Continue reading On “harmful cultural practices and norms”

“Women in all their diversity” at the Women’s Networking Zone

“Women it all their diversity” seems to be a sort of mantra that I’ve been hearing at several meetings around ICASA, among others at the Women’s Networking Zone in the community village. The Women’s Zone is a space where NOS and activists are addressing issues of gender in relations the context of the HIV epidemics in Africa during the conference; the zone’s program is heavily based inhumanrights in terms of gender, something which is not present to the extent that is needed in the man programme. Taking the phrase “women in all their diversity” to heart, it is addressing not only calender women and positive women, but takes time to explore the issues of sex work and transgender, two issues so oftenleft out if mainstream gender discourse. Continue reading “Women in all their diversity” at the Women’s Networking Zone

17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa, Cape Town

The 17th ICASA has kicked of at the CTICC, the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Thousands of researchers, pharmaceuticals, government departments, activists, and bilateral have come together to tackle the issue of HIV and STIs in the African continent. The setting makes it a bit easier for me, of course, it being 10 minutes from where I live; on the other hand it makes it hard to motivate myself to show up at all. For years and years we are trying to tackle the issue of the HIV epidemics globally, but still it seems that we are talking in circles. Continue reading 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa, Cape Town

South-Korea’s AIDS nonsense

Apparently in Jecheon in North Chungcheong Province, South-Korea, an AIDS-fear epidemic has broken out. Granted, South-Korea – like most parts of this world – has been all AIDS-fearish for the last couple of decades, still I do – as always – claim the right to rant about… call it an activist’s prerogative if you will. Okay short version to this latest episode: A cabdriver – … Continue reading South-Korea’s AIDS nonsense