Empowering Hiv Infected Mothers

2105 WordsApr 29, 20159 Pages
Empowering HIV-Infected Mothers In religion, stigma is a word that has always held a significant cultural impact in human rights throughout history, in particular a significantly discriminating effect. However, in the last century we have globally experienced cultural shifts that have redefined the word to a more general sense. Simply type in the word “stigma” on any search engine on the web and phrases such as “mark of shame” and “negative” or “unfair” are common terms to describe it. So why do I bring this word to your attention? Stigma is a word that correlates to pain, and suffering and that is one of the most influential aspects of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, better known as HIV. To those living in developing countries with little-to-no access for proper care, the word stigma is more than just a term, but rather a way of bringing humiliation and alienating those affected by the virus. According to the United Nation’s Article I of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” Reading this, I cannot help but wonder how frequently this right is violated throughout third world nations suffering from health and economic crises, such as those highly affected by HIV in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. In the following study, I will illustrate the issues of rights, representation, inequality,
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