To use video films in a participatory way to stimulate discussion and dialogue on the issue of girl child marriages in relation to HIV/AIDS, retention in care and adherence to treatment. This process will create awareness of the risk among girl child brides/expectant girls thus creating informed and empowered communities with the capacity to make individual and collective informed decisions/choices to safe guard the rights and wellbeing of the vulnerable girl child through the elimination of girl child early/forced marriages and unwanted pregnancies among girls.
Child marriages are generally viewed within a contest of force and coercion involving pressure and emotional blackmail on the girl child with no capacity to give their full consent. In Zimbabwe, girl child marriages are common. Child marriages perpetuate inter-generational cycles of poverty and stifles development. It is also an obstacle to promoting gender equality, achieving universal primary education, promoting children’s rights and improving health.
AWFT observed during a situation analysis held in Mutoko East District in 2015 that girl child expectant mothers when they discovered their HIV positive status during their initial visit for antenatal care inspite of the counseling, they would not return back hence do not access ARV prophylaxis to reduce/prevent child mother transmission and are also lost in both care and treatment. This project therefore aims to create awareness and encourage communities to collectively make a commitment to stop girl child marriages and among girls who are already pregnant, the project will highlight the importance of testing for HIV, and remaining in care and treatment. Issue of sexual violence in relation to care and treatment among the girl child brides will also be addressed.DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT