YWCAAIDS :: THE "BAWA" PROJECT

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In 2015, YWCAA was represented at the 'Ask Her Talks' world conference in Canada - an opportunity that saw the current Executive Director share YWCAA's story of change as one of the grassroots organizations.
The event also marked the World AIDS Day celebration. This is a Stephen Lewis Foundation event organized periodically where
organizations at the grassroots with unique experiences are invited to share their work and experience with the world. The contribution made by YWCAA in the field of advocacy, sensitization and mitigation of economic effects is recognized by the community and various entities at the national , regional , continental and global levels. YWCAA reaches out to a niche area (Bars and Drug dens) which is hardly reached during the commemoration of World AIDS Day 2010. On yearly basis, YWCAA commemorates this day with BAWA, grandmothers,
the OVCs and young women in different activities conducted at the community level.The contributions made by YWCAA in the field of advocacy, sensitization and mitigation of economic effects is recognized by the community and various entities including the government and donors. In 2011, YWCAA was recognized by the AWDF for its' advocacy around HIV that has impacted on lives of the vulnerable women and the youth
Besides World AIDS Day, we have commemorated annual World Calendar Events such as International Day of the Girl Child,
Global Female Condom Day, 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign.

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HIV/AIDS & WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

YWCAA in partnership with the Stephen Lewis Foundation offers training in small scale business skills and provide start-up revolving community funds for economic empowerment to bar waitresses and grandmothers (BAWA)in order to make a meaningful choice of earning a living and reduce their exposure to violence and HIV/AIDS. The program also looks into empowering the beneficiaries with relevant information on HIV/AIDS, knowledge on basic legal rights and advocacy skills, reproductive health, human rights, rights to decision making and leadership.