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Woman and girls in Mkhondo, South Africa: Force for change

Headline Title:  Woman and girls in Mkhondo, South Africa: Force for change 15 December 2014 Maria Shongwe has overcome obstacles that many women and girls in South Africa face - including poverty and living with HIV - to become an inspirational community activist.Maria was the first person in the small town of Amsterdam, near the Swaziland border, to openly reveal she was living with HIV. She also broke new ground by setting up a local branch of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) – a prominent national organization pushing for HIV healthcare services. Maria’s determination secured…

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