Oxfam in Zimbabwe
Social practices and cultural traditions limit women's ability to negotiate safer sex or discuss reproductive health issues with their partners.
Bongi Sibanda from the Musasa Project explains how her organization is working with Oxfam Canada to empower women through constitutional reform in Zimbabwe.
Changing social norms is one of the hardest things to do. Students, community leaders and traditional healers are working together. It's making a difference! Violence against women is decreasing in these communities. So is the rate of HIV infection.
The program is run on a volunteer basis by young women and men offering services in the community like home-based care and assistance with funerals. It ensures youth are involved in reducing the risk of HIV/AIDS.