A response to the blog-post “HIV thrives on poverty.” Overwhelmingly, it is women who are victimized by HIV/AIDS.
Poor women who have no decision making power their partners, specially their husbands, are the victim of HIV/AIDS. This is one of the main reasons why most people with HIV/AIDS are women. This is true not only in poor communities, but in all social classes. Women are suffereing from AIDS which is not their fault, whether they aware or not. So poverty is one of the factor, but not the only one. We need to change the perception.
I have been working in the developmental sector more than 12 years in Bangladesh in Adolescent Rights, Health and Reproductive Health and Empowerment. At present, I am working as Gender Specialist of Water and Sanitation Program in BRAC Bangladesh, one of the world’s largest NGOs. The main thrust of my activities is to develop strategies and implement programs to combat violence against women through empowering women, especially adolescent girls and young women.