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"I As a Woman": Discrimination & Empowerment in Cameroun

Written By: Lori Adelman
January 14, 2010


“On my own, I could not fight the fight…SWAAC Cameroun…made me understand that I, as a woman, have to fight for my rights.”

These are the words of Joy, a widow whose experience of stigma and discrimination after her husband’s death resulted in her loss of strength and economic independence. In this video, she tells the story of how she empowered herself to overcome these obstacles, with the support of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa-Cameroun (SWAAC).

SWAAC is a Pan-African, non-governmental,  non-sectarian, and non-profit organization based in Cameroun. It is a women’s organization working in collaboration with men to promote the health of African women by identifying causes and effects of HIV and AIDS.

To learn more about what SWAAC and IWHC are doing to promote and protect the health and rights of women and girls around the world, please visit

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