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The desire to do a little more…

Working with grassroots women especially those living with HIV and AIDS in post conflict and fishing communities in Uganda made me connect with the realities and violations they go through on a daily basis. I decided to blog about their experiences, struggles and resilience so that the world can know.The women face various forms of violations on a daily basis which include; stigmatization and isolation because they are infected with HIV and AIDS, widow in-heritance and property grabbing, loss of marital rights including matrimonial homes, denial to access to treatment since they are considered to be dead and useless as well as verbal abuse.

Evelyn’s story is not different from the many women in these communities and no body is willing to listen to their concerns. The good news is that now the world is listening and some day they situation will change. Another funny and painful story is about a woman living with HIV and AIDS. She went to a health centre for medical services and was given packet of condoms to take home. She was told to keep them in a cool dry place and when she reached at home, the only cool dry place she could find inside her grass thatched hut was on the rooftop. Later, when her husband came back, he noticed something strange on the roof. The man reached up and found a packet of condoms. He immediately started beating her, accusing her of promiscuity. This is one of the many challenges women face and their experiences can hardly be known so that some thing can be done.

My journey to the Pulse wire community was as a result of the passion and the desire to contribute towards transformation of a woman’s life. As I was searching for information on women on the internet I came a cross the world pulse website I immediately fell in love with it. I found a women’s home of information and knowledge where all women’s issues are blown and put on the rooftop of the world for every one to see. This reminds of a story of an old woman who said that when she was growing up as a young girl, women used to look for a strategic location in the village which was usually an anthill. The woman would stand on top of it and start shouting “my husband is bad, she beats me when I give meat to the children, he is a glutton, he doesn’t want me to do this that and that….” So that everyone in the village can hear her. This would prompt the villagers to gossip about him, local musicians would compose songs about him and he would feel ashamed and eventually change.

Today, technology has provided us with much more advanced platforms compared to an anthill where we can make noise and shout so that the whole world can hear and listen to our voices us.

Comments

zacyrus's picture

interesting

hullo
your article is interesting and I appreciate it
be courageous
good luck

loyce's picture

Thank You

Hi Zacy,
Thanks for appreciating my piece. Women's realities at the grassroots are hardly known

Follow me on twitter:@livelyloyce
My blog:www.loycek.wordpress.com

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Excellent Story

Hello,
Dear Sister,I know Uganda has been our good neighbour.And the boldness that the people of Uganda had in terms of HIV/AIDS advocacy gave birth to free testing in East Africa.Well done good neighbour.Great piece

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

loyce's picture

Good morning my neighbor!

Good morning my neighbor! Uganda which was showcased as a role model country in fighting HIV and AIDS has now stagnated. Every day, infection rates increase. In fact we are now moving backward as far as HIV and AIDS prevention and control is concerned. In all this, women and children are the most affected

Loyce

Follow me on twitter:@livelyloyce
My blog:www.loycek.wordpress.com

Stella Paul's picture

Keep it burning

Keep that passion burning and it will shine the path for many women who are trying to find a way. And good luck!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

loyce's picture

Thank you

Thank you Stella. Yes, it will remain burning because it is within the inner me

Follow me on twitter:@livelyloyce
My blog:www.loycek.wordpress.com

Dmack08's picture

Such important stories.

Hi Loyce,

Thank you! These are such important stories you carry. Keep sharing!

- Danielle

loyce's picture

Thank u

Hi Danielle,

Women have so many untold stories which they keep to themselves because they have no voice and platform. This is just a tiny portion of their stories

Loyce

Follow me on twitter:@livelyloyce
My blog:www.loycek.wordpress.com

LauraB's picture

Women's home for information

Hi,

"found a women’s home of information and knowledge where all women’s issues are blown and put on the rooftop of the world for every one to see"

This is exactly what WorldPulse is! I love the metaphor of the anthill and how you have connected it to our modern use of social media. Clever!

Best to you

-Laura

loyce's picture

Thats true!

Dear Laura,
I am glad to hear from you dear! and thank you for taking time to read my article. I am honored. Pulsewire is more than my home. Now I have sisters from all corners of the world. Viva world pulse! Viva all women of the world.

Warm regards

Loyce

Follow me on twitter:@livelyloyce
My blog:www.loycek.wordpress.com

bmcqueen's picture

Educated and Moved

Very well-written. I loved your relevant and amusing anecdotes, and I appreciated how you specifically explained the many types of violations HIV women face. Writers often assume that their readers already know what is being referred to, but their readers are often reading to learn. I hope you continue to instruct others well with your words.

loyce's picture

Thank you

Dear Queen,

Thank you so much appreciating my article. This is gives me strength and confidence to move an extra mile.
At the same time, it also surprises me because I have been doubting my self that I cant write well since I am not a journalist.

Kind regards

Loyce

Follow me on twitter:@livelyloyce
My blog:www.loycek.wordpress.com

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