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ZAZI to take centre stage at 17th International Conference on AIDS and STI’s

South Africa's ZAZI campaign is set to take part at the 17th International Conference on Aids and STIs (ICASA) to be held in Cape Town from 7th to 11th December 2013. See what team Zazi will be doing at the conference. Download the programme

Launched in May this year, ZAZI is a campaign that calls on women to know themselves, to love themselves, to draw on their inner strength to make choices that are in the best interest of their health and wellbeing. The campaign comprises advocacy, mass media and community mobilisation activities.

"Taking part in ICASA, the biggest AIDS conference in Africa, is a significant vote of confidence for ZAZI. The synergy is vital as women remain central to achieving progress in fighting the HIV and AIDS epidemic and eradicating voilence and abuse against women and children." says Bronwyn Pearce, Deputy Country Director at USAID/JHU HIV Communication Programme South Africa.

ZAZI is a Nguni word, meaning 'know yourself'. "We hope that through ICASA, we can enlarge the platform to further create this movement that encourages women to consistently define their own values and path in life," concluded Pearce.

Apart from ZAZI's theme song and poem being part of the opening ceremony, there will be a daily poetry competition at the ZAZI stand and two roundtable sessions with regional and international panellists to address key issues affecting women, including Gender Based Violence, intergenerational relationships, and rights for women on issues on Sexual and Reporductive Health, HIV and AIDS. The campaign will also hold a skills building workshop on the use of the ZAZI Toolkit.

Themed "Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero" the conference reiterates efforts by Africans and the international community to achieving an AIDSs free continent.

ZAZI is a joint project led by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Women's Sector, with support from the USAID/JHU HIV Communication programme and PEPFAR in partnership with the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development.

"The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Women's Sector is proud to be associated with ZAZI. Since its inception, ZAZI and all its partners have worked tirelessly to ensure equal and fair treatment as well as the empowerment of women across the country", said Nomfundo Eland, chairperson of the SANAC Women's Sector.