We took to the streets one morning. AIDS Action for Women and Girls. Before we marched, different women spoke about the need to be more proactive in their treatment and decision making. It was a rally to protect girls and women that are affected and infected. Louiseb Binder (an activist and woman living with the virus since the early 80’s) said in short:
“Violence against women and girls, poverty, lack of education and housing, and lack of property rights, all fuel HIV/AIDS infection rates among women and girls. HIV positive women’s human rights are also regularly violated.”
There are some places and societies where women do not have any say so in whether or not their sexual partner uses condoms or not. These women fall prey to infection by unfaithful partners.
I believe it was Pastor Gideon that told us a story about a woman, who faithfully saved herself for her wedding night, only to be infected by her husband, develop AIDS and died. This woman could’ve very well been protected had her husband used a condom.
Scientists are now working on something called microbicides. These are basically female condoms and cervical barriers that would put the protection in the woman’s hands.
The night that Bill and Melinda Gates spoke, Bill said something that was very powerful. He said: “A woman should never need her partner’s permission to save her own life…”