Ask Her Talks, Nov. 2015

The second installment of Ask Her Talks — held in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto in conjunction with World AIDS Day — were a tremendous success. Sold-out crowds in all three cities listened keenly to Dorothy Onyango's account of movement building by women living with AIDS in Kenya, Peres Abeka's reminder that young women and girls are increasingly at risk in the face of HIV & AIDS, Kidist Belete's inspiring account of the work of grandmothers to subdue the epidemic, Hope Chigudu's powerful testimony on the indispensability of well-being and self-care, and Vuyiseka Dubula's searing indictment of those who would have us believe that AIDS is 'over.'

The Ask Her Talks are a potent reminder that there are remarkable leaders in Africa at the community level. Women are at the heart of the response to AIDS, are overwhelmingly the frontline health care workers, are tackling the epidemic of sexual violence — and yet we rarely, if ever, hear from them. African women are leading the way, and are experts on what works, what kind of support is most effective, and what challenges need to be met. These women are engaged in courageous and sophisticated work that is making a tangible improvement in the human condition on the African continent. Their models of change are hard won, tested by urgent realities, and developed despite the many failures of governments and international leadership.

Visit for more video from the World AIDS Day event, and to check out compelling media interviews with Ask Her Talks participants new and old.


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