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Vijaya Chikermane

Executive Director, Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP)

Vijaya has been an avid collaborator and worker in the fields of HIV/AIDS, sexual health and gender equity in Toronto and internationally for over ten years. She is currently the Executive Director at the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) and a Board member at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre in Toronto. Vijaya has a BA in Political Science and an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is dedicated to continued and lifelong learning. After spending the first 15 years of her life between India and Dubai, Vijaya migrated to Canada with a deep and personal investment in the complexity of identity and its intersections with health, place, race, class, gender, violence and ability.
What Role Should Men Play in Women's

What Role Should Men Play in Women's Health?

<img alt="2014-03-06-Womensdaybanner.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2014-03-06-Womensdaybanner.jpg" width="300" height="50" /> This year's International Women's Day theme, "Equality for women is progress for all," spilled over into an impassioned conversation or all-out fight about male roles in feminism and women's health. In short, whether we like it or not, men hold considerable power over women and our sexual relationships.
03/08/2014 10:42 EST
Don't Racialize AIDS Discourse -- Our Needs Don't Define Who We

Don't Racialize AIDS Discourse -- Our Needs Don't Define Who We Are

<img alt="banner" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1490430/original.jpg" /> Racialized women and children, especially from the Global South often become the face of health issues as their faces (literally) are plastered on the websites and brochures of global health organizations. Their images usually accompanied by indicators of poverty and rural geographies and are offered to an audience as the justification for much needed programs.
12/05/2013 12:28 EST
Why Women Still Need the

Why Women Still Need the F-Word

The theme for International Women's Day 2013 is "The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum" which at its heart, is a call to keep our voices loud throughout the year. This isn't always easy given that the F-word (read: Feminism) gets such a bad rep, but I think it's time for a fierce comeback.
03/08/2013 02:24 EST