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Giving Women Power Over AIDS

Every day 6,800 adults become newly infected with HIV. Half of them are women.
39 million people are living with HIV, 70% of them are in Sub Saharan Africa.

In Her Mother’s Shoes puts a face to these numbers, and tells you how you can be a part of the solution.

In 2002, reporter Paula Bock and photographer Betty Udesen of the Seattle Times travelled to Zimbabwe to get a first hand look at the reality of HIV/AIDS. The resulting photo-essay, In her Mother’s Shoes, tells the story of Martha, one of some 11 million AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Global Campaign for Microbicides has transformed their remarkable photo essay into a photo exhibit that describes what it means to be a woman in a world of AIDS – a world where many women have no way to protect themselves against HIV and little say about relationships, about sex, about condoms. A handful of scientists and advocates are racing to curb the loss of future generations from this epidemic. Their ambition is to give women a way to protect themselves. Their pursuit, a microbicide, could offer this hope.

The Giving Women Power Over AIDS walk-through exhibit is currently travelling throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. To date, the exhibit has been hosted in a wide variety of venues. In each city, Global Campaign affiliates host events in museums, libraries, shopping malls, universities, state capitol buildings, and community centers to engage community leaders, policy makers, local journalists, and the general public.

For a listing of past events, visit the Exhibit Archives.