Stories about Aids Rights Congo
2010 was an eventful year for Rising Voices and its community. The community bade farewell to the outgoing Director of Outreach, David Sasaki and welcomed the new Director Eduardo Ávila. In this post we look at some of the notable news of the grantees community we featured in the Rising Voices website in 2010.
Citizen media continues to play a role in reducing stigma and bringing personal stories of those affected by HIV/AIDS to a wider audience. To commemorate World AIDS Day 2010, Rising Voices is sponsoring a live chat on December 2 to examine how we as a community can continue to support those initiatives that use these digital tools.
With the help of a Micro-grant awarded by Rising Voices, AZUR Development organization trained communication officers of different AIDS organizations in Congo in digital story telling, podcasting, and the creation of blogs. The bloggers of the AIDS Right Congo are continuing with their efforts of documenting the stigma and discrimination of people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Congo.
During March 31 - April 03, 2010 AZUR Development concluded a training workshop as a part of the FTX (Feminist Tech Exchange) program supported by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC PARF). A number of girls and women from Brazzaville, Pointe Noire and Kinkala have participated in the training on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to combat violence against women and girls.
As part of The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which ends today, the AZUR Development organization's AIDS Rights Congo project has been using blogging and other citizen media as tools to fight violence against women.
We are pleased to announce the release of "Blogging Positively," a collection of case studies, interviews, and best practices about citizen media related to HIV/AIDS. You will be introduced to some of the leaders and veterans of the HIV-positive blogging community, and also to citizen media projects which aim to spread more awareness about the pandemic. The guide contains tips for workshop facilitators and teachers, and points readers to helpful resources for new bloggers just getting started.
AIDS Rights Congo's latest blog posts reflect how different segments of Congo's HIV-positive community, from pregnant women to prisoners, are impacted by the stigma that accompanies having the disease.
In late November the AZUR Development organization’s AIDS Rights Congo project participated in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, using blogs, cell phones, and radio broadcasts to raise awareness of violence against women.
Communication officers and leaders of local HIV and AIDS organizations in Congo start blogging about their experiences with HIV/AIDS issues in their communities, sharing stories of discrimination, stigma, and hope.
The AZUR Development organization is training communication officers and leaders of local HIV and AIDS organizations in digital story telling, podcasting, and blogging to help document the stigma and discrimination faced by people infected by HIV/AIDS in Congo.