SPW Party and d4l Tour

Hi all, 

Still enjoying the weather?   I am, hope you are.

Ever enthusiastic, SPW UK held a murder mystery party last week; which brought almost all staff members from all departments together.  But this time around, people were looking different in funny and glamorous outfits.

It was a lovely opportunity for me to meet most staff who I usually don’t have chance to talk to on a typical day.

I found it really an amazing time interacting with them on another level.

Gill (or Sam) checks that Chris (Chichi), one of her Casino staff is spick and span

Sam (aka Gill) checks that Chris (aka Chichi), one of her Casino staff, is spick and span

In other news, the dance4life (d4l) speaker tour is on again, I can’t wait to dance and help push back the spread of HIV.

dance4life is a dynamic initiative that empowers young people through dance in order to push back the spread of HIV, coupled up with other interesting activities. 

We will be touring different universities across the UK and am so excited to be joining the team and sharing my experiences.

Cheers!

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Latvia and London’s getting cooler!

Anna, Jane and Chichi in Latvia

Anna, Jane and Chichi in Latvia

Hey all,

Temperatures in London are cool and we are surviving.  I have been enjoying the summer and I can’t wait for the winter which I think is just a nose step away.

A couple of new and interesting things have been happening.  I was very pleased to meet project leaders (a team am working with).  This is a group of young volunteers coordinated by SPW UK working to ensure that all young people have access to accurate information about their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).  So far we have held a number of trainings on advocacy which have been very exciting and educative.

Additionally, EuroNGOs (A European network of non- governmental organisation that corporate in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, population and Development), held a conference in which we participated as SPW.  This was held in Latvia, Riga to be exact and the was theme:  “Investing in Sexual Reproductive Health in times of economic Crisis”.  The goal of the conference was to develop a common understanding about the impact of the economic crisis on SRHR funding among the EuroNGOs members and partners and to agree on appropriate action.   I went along with Jane (Advocacy Officer) and Anna (Project Leader).  

The conference presented a different atmosphere.  It appeared to me like people are tired of going round the same circles and they are prepared to move forward and achieve the defined goals.

Even if the intended time for achieving the MDGs is near and success almost looks impossible, we will still remain optimistic and hope for a time when all women and men will enjoy their sexual rights and have access to proper health care services.

All in all, the conference was a new experience as we were able to interact with people from different NGOs and broadened our understanding on SRHR.

Not forgetting about Latvia. Latvia is in the north of Europe, the country is lovely, one thing that hit me about the people is the value they have for their culture.  I enjoyed the traditional dances and their dresses look beautiful on them.  They usually wear them for their different ceremonies. 

This reminded me of Zambia, during our traditional ceremonies we also dress in a certain way and I love the outfit for the Lozi’s (a tribe in Zambia).

Cheers!

Chichi