U.S. Embassy Zambia

What is your dream for young women in Zambia: The DREAMS writing challenge

December 31, 2015

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We sat down with Kathryn Koonce from the PEPFAR Zambia team to talk about the DREAMS writing challenge. DREAMS is an initiative to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries including Zambia. The goal of DREAMS is to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women. 
 2.       What is your dream for young women in Zambia and how can you (as an individual) help make this dream a reality?

DREAMS is addressing the factors that directly and indirectly increase girls’ HIV risk, including poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and a lack of education. It will be working in Lusaka, Ndola and Chingola.

It’s supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Girl Effect. In Zambia we are working closely with the National AIDS Council, UNAIDS and many other partners.

As we are leading to the launch of dreams at the end of January, we’re asking for young people in Zambia (from 15 to 24) to submit 600-word essays answering one of these two questions:

1.       What is your dream for young women in Zambia and how can others (your family, community, school, government, etc.) help you, as an individual, achieve this dream?