African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) immigrant women living with HIV are seminal to HIV responses in Canada and globally. Yet, their engagement as paid workers in the Canadian AIDS service organizations is not recognized enough.
We pay tribute to them here at
Because She Cares.
Because She Cares began as a qualitative study, where we asked ten ACB women (whom we call the Narrators) about their employment experiences at Canadian AID service organizations. ACB community members and allies who work in AIDS service organizations in Ontario are sharing these stories using poetry and spoken word.
This project is dedicated to 'the Narrators'*, the women who share their stories of HIV work as racialized women living with HIV and allowing us to poetically tell and learn from them. Without their wisdom and generosity, this project would have never happened.
*To maintain their anonymity, we use the following pseudonyms when featuring their wisdom: "Nea", "Fifi", "Maya", "Naomi", "Joy", "Anna", "Miriam", "Audre", "Norma", and "Nadira".