MY NARRATIVE: R. Micky/30. Jamaica

“I am 30 years old, and got infected three years ago, at age of 27. I found out by doing a random HIV test and I was astonished, I felt as if my life was over. I became more conscience of what I consumed, especially alcohol, also started having protected sex. Because of HIV, I became more self-driven and determine to become someone.

I became pregnant last year and all was good with the nurses and doctors until I gave birth. The nurse who delivered me had an attitude, at one point, when she came to do my vitals she asked me to placed my hands on my vagina and to don’t touch the equipment. This past march, my baby died. She was premature and have hypertension.

HIV in Jamaica has come a far way and it can only get better. There are lots of support groups and treatment sites here. I attend the chares clinic and I can truly say they are the best service, with you, the patient, in mind, with a friendly and non-discriminating staff.

I am a positive and strong woman, I believe that I can and will make a difference in this life. Failure is not a part of my vocabulary. My dream is to make my mom proud before her life on earth has ended. I intend to open my own private school and daycare.”

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Roja Vida

For a couple of weeks now, I have been collaborating with the campaign #WhatWomenWant. I tweet and retweet many stuff, but never posted an original message. During this days I have been reading “What Women Want” so much that I actually start thinking, what do I want? Like, what do I really want? It was hard to think about it, because sometimes you have in your mind a lot of recycled statements and slogans that you just forget about what you want for you. But this last weeks I have been so full of the “High Level Meeting”, media, university, elections, work and economic troubles, that it was impossible to think about what I really want, and this is it:

What I want is the guarantee that I will be in peace, I want mental health. I want to feel that this is not the wrong decade to be a…

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Prevent & End Violence Against Women and Girls!

“Orange Day”  is a day to raise awareness and take action to end violence against women and girls.  Orange a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls, for the UNiTE Campaign.  According to color psychology ‘orange’ offers emotional strength in difficult times. It helps us to bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in recovery from grief.

Living in a country where the color orange is linked to a popular political party hampers efforts to promote “UNiTE Orange Day.  The notice to the Bureau of Women’s Affairs remain just that, there was no optimism that Jamaicans would embrace ” Orange Day” raising awareness, spreading hope and giving attention to the violence faced by women at least 1 day of every month.

It is real that for every month of the year 2 women are murdered. April 14th a woman 8 months pregnant was dragged from her house and shot while her 3 children was inside the home. Today April 24, two women ages over 50 was found burnt to death after strange men were seen in the area.

Yes we are more aware that women are murdered, raped, denied financial opportunities, emotionally and physically abused.  We now have marches, and workshops to educate communities on gender based violence.

We can break the silence!