Not Me, Not Mine

(Women and girls vulnerability to HIV)


A photography series that endeavours to reveal  the human face -  the real stories - of women and girls' special vulnerability to HIV infection in Eastern and Southern Africa. Understanding that individual behaviour change is contingent on the broader society, the work calls for action in support of women and girls through the mobilisation and enforcement of protective policies and laws .

 

Role: Concept, Producer for UNAIDS


Photographer: Leonie Marinovich




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"… his pillow talk was: I've just tasted your soul because we didn't use a condom."

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"… when I returned to work the next monday, I find the baas waiting for me at the gate. The missies she joins him and she says, we called your doctor and he told us you have HIV. I say,yes.  She says you can't come to work for us anymore."

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"… I tried to live all my life, you know, a perfect Muslim lifestyle. I waited until I was married before I slept with someone. What did I do wrong? Its been 18 years now that I'm living with HIV; but it seems like yesterday that it all happened."

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"…and the guy had a knife. He put it on my neck and he held my mouth when I was screaming. And then he just raped me. I was 10."

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"… we were fighting with the government to say they must approve the ARVs; remember they didn't provide. I could have died in South Africa like the others waiting for the day when they would decide that it's people's rights to actually get medicine."

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