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Will You Lead? A Guide to Grassroots Advocacy for Women Infected & Affected by HIV/AIDS

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In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Center for Women & HIV Advocacy (CWHA) at HIV Law Project is releasing its publication Will You Lead? A Guide to Grassroots Advocacy for Women Infected & Affected by HIV/AIDS.

We at CWHA see that positive women’s voices are underrepresented while policies affecting us, our families, and our communities are made by government every day. We have spent the last four years involved in a campaign for comprehensive sex education, because we believe that the epidemic will not be contained without a greater emphasis on prevention, and transmission will never be prevented if we keep our youth from getting complete and accurate information about safe sex.

Over the course of our campaign, we have learned a lot about the policy process, and doing advocacy work. We have had to confront our own anxieties and develop skills which we didn’t necessarily know we had. And we are still learning. We are constantly working to grow our campaign, and to overcome the challenges of growing our group. We wrote this manual because we want to share our experiences; to let you know that if we can become advocates, so can you. And to share some of what we’ve learned with you.

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