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Beth Hodge introduces the ‘Powerful women’ motivational film, a new resource for African communities in Western Australia that addresses HIV and the role women can play to promote HIV testing.

Beth Hodge introduces the ‘Powerful women’ motivational film, a new resource for African communities in Western Australia that addresses HIV and the role women can play to promote HIV testing.

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  • My name is Bethwyn Hodge and I am a dedicated Health Promotion Practitioner who has completed a Bachelor of Science with a focus on Health Promotion at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. I am a Community Development Officer at the WA AIDS Council, a current member of the Humanitarian Entrants Interagency network and coordinator of the HIV African community educators network. My international experience gives me success and enjoyment in building relationships and working with people from a range of cultural backgrounds.’
  • Sharing stories is theatre based sexual health education
    It’s innovative in raising sexual health awareness amongst families & young people from new and emerging migrant communities.
  • These are some contributing factors or issues relating to HIV notifications within Sub-Saharan African communities in our state.
    Acknowledge that not all factors will be relevant to all people.
    Comment briefly on my observation of many women I work with. When they share stories about pre-migration experiences or difficulties with immigration and finding work. It’s amazing. Their resilience is something worth acknowledging. We can celebrate it and let it be an inspiration to us all.
  • African women as the decision-makers & drivers (Why women? According to AFAO’s discussion paper: Health issues are often considered the responsibly of women rather than men. I can tell you, the women in this film, have a strong influence on their communities!)
    Giving leaders in the community what they need to speak and teach
    Submarine style – behind the scenes girl. My goal is for the community to turn around and say ‘Look what we’ve achieved. This is our project. This is our message’.
    Their idea to create a motivational speech film for women- drawn from conversations about:
    ‘forced silence’, gender roles, negotiating safe sex as a women, arranged marriages and stories about men who have a second wife, who they visit in Africa.
    Conversations inspired planning and script writing.
  • African women as the decision-makers & drivers
    Giving leaders in the community what they need to speak and teach
    Submarine style – behind the scenes girl. My goal is for the community to turn around and say ‘Look what we’ve achieved. This is our project. This is our message’.
    Their idea to create a motivational speech film for women- drawn from conversations about:
    ‘forced silence’, gender roles, negotiating safe sex as a women, arranged marriages and stories about men who have a second wife, who they visit in Africa.
    Conversations inspired planning and script writing.
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    • 1. + Powerful Women Empowering women towards HIV prevention • Presented by: Beth Hodge Community Development CaLD Officer 94820000 bhodge@waaids.com
    • 2. +Presentation Outline • Rationale • Sharing stories project • Empowering champions • Film screening (2 minutes)
    • 3. + WA Stats year 2013 HIV diagnoses 2013 Number, percentage Male 94, 80 % Female 24, 20 % Total Cases 118 Gay/MSM/Bisexual Men 55, 47 % Heterosexual Men 33, 28 % Heterosexual Women 19, 16% Overseas acquired 63, 53 % Gay/MSM/Bisexual Men 16, 25 % Heterosexual Men 29, 46 % Heterosexual Women 13, 21 %
    • 4. +Sharing Stories Partnership with Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre • Empowers learning through peer education • Is based on WA sexual health research • Is culturally appropriate in tackling sensitive topics like HIV • Encourages knowledge sharing within communities • Engages participants through theatre, filmmaking and community workshops
    • 5. +Sub-Saharan African communities in Western Australia •Stigma and discrimination •Late diagnosis •Lack of culturally competent services •Immigration status & access to testing and treatment •Other priorities – employment & education •Pre-migration experiences •Misconceptions about HIV and transmission •Financial difficulties •Cultural and religious factors (can be seen as enablers and opportunities rather than barriers) •Taboo nature of sexual health & related topics
    • 6. +Empowering champions ‘ Look what we’ve achieved. This is our film. This is our message’.
    • 7. +Thanks to: • J. Sergeant. 2014. Discussion paper: HIV and Sub-Saharan African communities in Australia. Australian Federation of AIDS Organisation (AFAO). • Anne Sorenson & Yvonne Johnson Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre
    • 8. +Let’s watch • Presented by: Beth Hodge Community Development CaLD Officer 94820000 bhodge@waaids.com