Strengthening the Leadership of Key HIV Affected Women and Girls

20 May 2019
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This rights based workshop for marginalized women and girls aimed to increase leadership and facilitation capacities and introduce a set of skills which could be used by participants in their work. The five day training took place in Bangkok, Thailand with 19 participants representing communities of women and girls living with HIV, sex workers, LGBT, women who use drugs, women who have undergone abortion, and migrant women and girls.

A participatory methodology was used with the aim of creating a foundation to empower marginalised groups to use their voice and assert their rights. Skills building session helped participants develop facilitation skills such as building confidence, knowledge of participatory approaches to facilitation, how to break the ice with participants and create a safe working space; which they can apply in the context of their work.

The group underwent a series of reflection exercises and activities throughout the week, which showed a noticeable growth in the ability to ask themselves and each other questions about their work, and give and receive constructive feedback. A post-workshop survey indicated that two of the areas of biggest growth were increased knowledge of activities to use to create drama with marginalised groups, and knowing how to use assertive ‘I’ and ‘we’ statements instead of confrontational language.

The training was made possible with funding from the Australian Embassy in Bangkok through their Direct Aid Program, and organized by Unzip the Lips and the Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (APA), and designed and delivered by Theatre for a Change.

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