Last night in Lilongwe Malawi, we celebrated the launch of Mwatipasa. Mwatipasa is a new youth development organisation in Malawi, and is the ‘sister’ of Watipa.
Watipa is proud of our origins in Malawi – with our name from the North of the country, and with 14 of the inaugural scholars and 2 of the founding members being Malawian – we already have a strong foundation here. The name ‘Watipa’ is from the North, in Tumbuka, and literally means ‘has been provided for.’ ‘Mwatipasa’ is the plural version.
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Reducing stigma and discrimination has been at the forefront of Jamaica’s national response to HIV for several years. One week ago today, in Kingston Jamaica, we presented some recommendations for how the capacity of healthcare workers could be improved so that stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with and vulnerable to HIV are reduced at point of care.
Stigma – like beauty – is in the eye of the beholder. Change starts with each one of us, knowing and being honest about our beliefs, prejudices, and morals. A training to address stigma among healthcare workers for example must be transformative – to tap into personal beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours that are the drivers of stigma. In other words training must not be ‘business as usual’ and in fact have a ‘sparkle’ that can engage the hearts as well as the minds of participants.
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Samajika is a word from Sri Lanka, in Sinhala, that translates into English meaning equal members. At Watipa we refer to the founding members of Watipa as Samajikas, embracing the diversity of the cultural and geographical reach of Watipa as well as a commitment to our egalitarian and collaborative way of working.
You can meet the Watipa Samajikas by watching short profile films on Watipa’s YouTube channel – and you can read more about the skills and experience of Samajikas on our website.
The founders of Watipa are Michelle Aitken, Karin Alexander, Maureen Leah Chirwa, Valerie Delpech, Taghreed El Hajj, Kathy Lowndes, Saku Mapa, Lucy Stackpool-Moore and Margaret Wazakili.
As you can see, the Watipa Samajikas all look very different!
Meet Rose Omollo, who received a highly commended award in 2016 and support for her tuition fees and living expenses. Rose has previously shared a poem, Watipa my hope, that she wrote for Watipa.
Rose is a young woman aged 23, studying a Bachelor of Community Health and Development in Kenya, and received a highly commended award as one of the inaugural Watipa scholars
12th August was declared international youth day back in 1999 at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. A resolution of the Security Council in 2015 (S/RES/2250) recognised that as agents of change, young people’s inclusion is essential for building and sustaining peace. So how will you celebrate #YouthDay? Continue reading “Watipa celebrates #YouthDay”
Meet Mariam Nassaka, who received a highly commended award in 2016 and support for her tuition fees and living expenses.
Watipa is thrilled to be part of the Cambridge Social Ventures programme, part of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.
Watipa has been selected as one of 11 social ventures starting the programme in September 2017. The programme will offer us a fantastic mentorship opportunities for Watipa to learn and grow as a social venture – a business that has social impact at the heart of its vision and way of working. Continue reading “We’re thrilled to be part of the Cambridge Social Ventures programme”
Being creative. Opening our minds. Thinking clearly. What better than to have a Watipa strategic planning meeting on a boat on a Friday afternoon?
Last week we tried it, and held a “meeting like no other” on a narrow boat on the Regent’s Canal in central London. It was a little bubble of tranquility, as we floated there with trees and water surrounding us, just slightly beneath the bustle of the big city nearby.
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Meet Precious Mastala, Watipa scholar from Malawi. Precious is studying veterinary medicine at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR).
Precious was awarded a Watipa scholarship in 2016.
It’s been an extraordinary week for HIV science. An extraordinary week for the HIV response. The 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris has come to an end, with nearly 8,000 researchers, advocates, policy makers, funders and community leaders from more than 140 countries.
Here’s a quick summary of the headlines from the conference, according to the International AIDS Society…
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