Elizabeth lives in Zimbabwe, which, like many parts of the world, faces big challenges with HIV stigma and violence towards women and girls. Her young niece was orphaned and subsequently abused by family members. Ultimately the niece’s case was taken to court and she regained her property and rights.
Special thanks to the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa for providing this story.
Key points to consider in viewing Elizabeth’s story
Countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa are facing the challenges of addressing HIV stigma and caring for children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Elizabeth’s story encourages reflection on these issues. Gender is central to the abuses faced by Elizabeth’s niece. And yet, hope – for Elizabeth’s niece and all children affected by HIV and AIDS – is a real possibility at the end of the story.