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    Speaking out and confronting the HIV stigma


    It will take time, courage and openness to successfully overcome HIV stigma around the World. It will mean tackling social inequality, reversing processes of marginalisation, and speaking out about difficult and intensely personal issues. Raising critical and accurate public debate that includes the perspectives of people most affected – and most marginalised – by HIV is a necessary step to confront stigma. By scrutinising inequality and challenging taboos,

    responsible journalism can help turn the vicious cycle feeding stigma and marginalisation into a virtuous cycle of inclusion and social justice.


    Positive role models can play a huge role in communities and in the media to draw attention to HIV and champion what it means to live positively.

    But it takes courage and personal sacrifice to speak out and individually confront stigma – both personally as well as in the public eye.

    People living with HIV need support to do this and encouragement to engage the media on their own terms.


    Beautys Choice, are working on a Calendar, which focuses on HIV/AIDS awareness in Africa. The chosen beneficiary charity is HIV AIDS Zimbabwe (H.A.Z) which is a Diaspora based organisation providing free drugs, food and other relevant assistance to those infected and in great need in Zimbabwe.


    Hopewell Chingono, the current Africa's best Journalist inspired the fundraising for this year.The calendar has been shot with the main objective to raise funds for H.A.Z.

    It was shot in November 2008 by beauty pageant queens in the diaspora who have made a difference during their reign or models who are currently making a mark in their communities, supporting charities.


    For more information  www.beautyschoice.com

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