SAfAIDS Pioneering #DigiHIVAdvocacy4YouthPrisonPoPs 💻

Under the Youth Prison Population (YouthPoPs) Alliance programme, led by VSO, with generous support from Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund; SAfAIDS hosted a pioneering Regional #DigiHIVAdvocacy4YouthPrisonPoPs capacity strengthening Workshop with 27 representatives from key population #LGBTQ+, #SexWorkers, #PUD and #PLHIV organizations in Eswatini, Malawi and Zimbabwe; and representatives from Prisoner Re-Integration & Empowerment Organisation – PREO, Prison Fellowship International and SANOP Network members from across the Region. The Workshop strengthened Digi-advocacy knowledge & skills and provided related tools for integrating into the #HIV response for young prison populations. It built capacities for establishing effective cyberspace & digital footprints; as civil society exert their agency in the digital world; advocate and sustain HIV response movements that are inclusive & participatory with inadequately served populations (ISPs).

“One security measure which I have learned is changing passwords frequently, something I was not aware of until now. This training has helped me learn how to protect myself from cybercrimes, and I am confident that I will be able to work efficiently as I navigate through the digital world in the future” – Chikondi Deborah Kateta, Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS, Malawi

“ICT literacy training goes a long way in our different institutions, specifically now that we have incorporated digital means into our HIV and SRHR programmes. This training workshop was able to fill in some of the gaps that existed in our institutions” – Chido Wayne Machingambi, Miracle Missions, Zimbabwe

“The use of ICT into SRHR and HIV programming for ISPs comes in handy in designing sustainable and effective responses, in view of new challenges such as climate challenges and other socio-economic challenges faced by young people” – Simangele Shongwe, Voice of Our Voices, Eswatini

“Having been a victim of internet cyber-attacks before, this training is an eye-opener for me because I have learned how to protect myself and my organization against cyber-attacks; as well as how to create digital advocacy tools to promote HIV and SRHR of youth prisoner populations: – Lusungu Harawa, Y+ Malawi