Women’s Leadership Centre Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) CO-CREATING CONSCIOUS LEARNING CULTURES Namibia Conversation 2018 Report
This report outlines key conversations that took place during the Co-Creating Conscious Learning Cultures Conversation facilitated by the Women’s Leadership Centre under the KP REACH Learning Programme of the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL). The 2-day Conversation was held Heja Game Lodge outside Windhoek, Namibia, from the 26th- 27th September 2018. The Conversation was part of the 3-year Key Populations – Representation, Evidence and Advocacy for Change in Health (KP REACH) programme, which aimed to reduce HIV infections and HIV-related deaths among key populations in Southern Africa through improved access by KPs to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. The project facilitated analysis, documentation and the sharing of good practice of working models and approaches from within the Southern Africa region.
The Women’s Leadership Centre only joined this programme in 2018, with the aim of broadening the understanding of Key Populations to include rural women living under customary law and exposed to harmful cultural practices that expose them to high risk of HIV infection. For example, the HIV prevalence rate has been close to 50% over the past ten years among women in Zambezi Region in Namibia, as indicated in the national bi-annual sentinel surveys of the Ministry of Health and Social Services.