How to participate in the 16 Days of Activism Structured Discussion User Tips af-aids eForum

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How to participate in the 16 Days of Activism Structured Discussion - User Tips AF-AIDS eForum


It is easy to contribute messages to the 16 Days of Activism structured discussion on AF-AIDS eForum, but it is also a new experience to many people. If you are unsure about how to participate here are a few simple instructions for you. The 16 Days of Activism discussion is a moderated discussion, which means that a team of people are continuously working behind the scenes to make sure that irrelevant or duplicate messages are not sent to the eForum members.

1. Who can send in a posting?


All AF-AIDS eForum members are very welcome to send in postings. This is one of the main aims of the structured discussion - to get members communicating with each other, from all sectors of society, community to community, province to province and all across the country about their work and about their experiences of HIV and AIDS in the context of gender and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

2. What to send in?


You can send in anything related to the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (particularly on this year’s theme: Demanding Implementation, Challenging Obstacles: End Violence Against Women! The 16 Days of Activism discussion is expected to run for about three weeks (during the 16 Days of Activism campaign)

The discussion will focus on the following key issues/questions:

* Are women taking on active leadership roles in eliminating gender-based violence?

* What can women in positions of leadership do to ensure key commitments are achieved (including universal access and millennium development goals MDGs?)

* Does the 16 Days of Activism commemoration have an impact on ending the gender-based violence?

- Members are encouraged to respond to these issues/questions as we discuss and address issues around 16 Days of Activism

You can send anything in the context of the 16 Days of Activism related issues that you think will be interesting to other eForum members - it may be a personal or work-related experience, a project or programme description, an idea, thought or reaction.

- Personal replies to the writer of a posting should be sent to the e-mail address usually listed at the end of a posting. This is a 'discussion' eForum and thus emphasises dialogue between a variety of members.

- Please use respectful language in your comments and other contributions to the eForum. AF-AIDS eForum adheres to a policy of openness and tolerance, and does not support stigmatising or discriminatory content.

3. How to send in a message


Send your contribution in the body of your email to:

If you have attached documents you would like to share, please send them to [the system automatically rejects attachments] and, depending on clearance by the eForum Resource Team, they could be uploaded to the website.

4. eForum access


a) Internet availability

It is a recognized limitation of the eForum that not everyone has easy access to the internet and email. To help people who do not have regular access or those who do not have access at all, we hope that those of you who do will act on behalf of those who do not. So that everyone gets the most out of the forum, we urge you to try to be creative in the process of making a concerted effort to include the perspectives of people who do not have internet access.

There are many ways you can do this:

- hold a weekly meeting at your workplace to pass out the postings for that week and/or sending to AF-AIDS eForum a summary of the discussion that has taken place with your colleagues; - contribute a collective piece from your organisation's networks and provincial contacts to the eForum;

- gather testimonies from individuals in the communities where you are active and submit these to the eForum to allow those individuals to share their experiences with a broader audience.

If you would like to contribute in another language you can do so but unfortunately there is no guarantee that the messages in other languages will be translated into English.

b) Archives

You will be able to access all postings in the archives section of the AF-AIDS eForum website at:

5. Anonymous postings


If you do not feel able to use your own name to contribute to the discussion for any reason - be it personal or because you are not able to speak on behalf of your organisation - please write "Anon" in the subject line of your message and your name and email address will not appear in the message - this contribution will be totally anonymous.

6. Participation


Most importantly, please do participate when you feel able and willing - this is a space to share ideas, experiences and knowledge so we can all learn from each other.

7. Problems


- If you have any problems or questions of a technical nature please write to:

- If you have questions relating to content, please write to the eForum itself at:

- To write to the eForum, you have to use the email account that you used to join the eForum originally, so please bear this in mind if you sometimes use more than a single email account.

We look forward to your participation in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence structured discussion.

The AF-AIDS eForum Resource Team



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