By Rita E. Mbah. PPC (Presbyterian Church in Cameroon) National HIV/AIDS Coordinator

In contributing to the empowerment of women in the fight against HIV, we organized three different training workshops bringing together 90 women each in the first two workshops and 45 women in the third workshop that also included men. Topics covered included introduction to HIV and AIDS, HIV statistics, HIV counseling and testing, gender and HIV, sexuality, SAVE approach in HIV prevention, combating stigma, care and positive living with HIV. There was a lot of open talk on women’s vulnerability to HIV with life situations cited and mitigating strategies discussed. The women testified to have learned a lot especially on sexuality given that a significant part of Gender Based Violence (GBV) is related to it.