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Digital Empowerment Toolkit Now Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits aim to provide the resources you need to advance your social change work.

We are excited to introduce our Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit, a dynamic resource to help you bring the benefits of connecting online to women in your community. Check it out today! »

Martha Tholanah

About Me: 

I am a mother of two girls, mother-in-law of one, and grandmother of one. I am HIV-positive, and have been public about my status since 2004. I take it as a chronic manageable condition, rather than a life-threatening disease. I grew up with very low self-esteem, and I now realise it came from negative comments about my appearance as a small girl, and suffering traumatic abuse from fighters during the war of liberation in Zimbabwe. It took me a very long time to realize that no one can ever put me down, and I can define myself (the self) and feel good about me, my choices and decisions. I am learning to love myself now, and enjoying every minute of the journey, taking lessons from life with no regrets.

My Passions: 
Fighting on the side of "societal underdogs"
My Challenges: 
Naivety, sometimes I have too much trust in people, and suffer mental torture when they unveil what I consider unreasonable prejudices.
My Vision for the Future: 
A world where women and girls do not have to define themselves by what men say they must be.
My Areas of Expertise: 
Advocacy in HIV/AIDS, treatment literacy, sexual and reproductive health, medical rehabilitation, family therapy, Zimbabwean LGBTI issues
My Languages: 
English, Shona

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