As a Health Volunteer in Lesotho I participate in a lot of work to tackle the HIV/AIDS endemic in Lesotho. Lesotho has progressed to the second highest prevalence rate of HIV in the world and one out of four people knowingly or unknowingly have HIV/AIDS, however, everyone is affected by it. The small goals include education and individual behavior change while the larger goal is an HIV/AIDS free generation. I believe someday this is possible and it starts with youth being taught how to lead healthy lifestyles at home and in schools.
In one of my health classes I was inspired by a lesson we taught demonstrating how to effectively say NO, and mean it. The lesson involved acting out skits with different situations in which girls should feel empowered to say NO. This was done after we learned the three skillz to say NO and emphasized that the ability to say no is a right we all have 1) Clear language…don’t say no to sex when you really mean yes, MEAN IT 2) Strong body language…use a serious I MEAN IT face 3) Walk away! Throughout my classes the girls have demonstrated increased confidence and empowerment. Together we came up with the idea to take portraits using their NO faces. This was the result: