Martha Tholanah

Joined Sep 2007
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About Me

I am a mother of two girls, mother-in-law of one, and grandmother of one. I am HIV-positive, and have been public about my status since 2004. I take it as a chronic manageable condition, rather than a life-threatening disease. I grew up with very low self-esteem, and I now realise it came from negative comments about my appearance as a small girl, and suffering traumatic abuse from fighters during the war of liberation in Zimbabwe. It took me a very long time to realize that no one can ever put me down, and I can define myself (the self) and feel good about me, my choices and decisions. I am learning to love myself now, and enjoying every minute of the journey, taking lessons from life with no regrets. Fighting on the side of "societal underdogs" Naivety, sometimes I have too much trust in people, and suffer mental torture when they unveil what I consider unreasonable prejudices. Advocacy in HIV/AIDS, treatment literacy, sexual and reproductive health, medical rehabilitation, family therapy, Zimbabwean LGBTI issues

My Vision

A world where women and girls do not have to define themselves by what men say they must be.

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Martha Tholanah commented on 40 Women Arrested and beaten in Khartoum, 4 world Pulse members among Dec 14, 2010 Martha Tholanah commented on Introducing myself and my journal: Bag Poverty Apr 08, 2010 Martha Tholanah commented on Keeping Memories... and Dreams Alive Mar 31, 2010 Martha Tholanah commented on Long Silence of Friendship Mar 31, 2010 Martha Tholanah commented on Security Module is up and ready for you... Mar 10, 2010 Martha Tholanah commented on Citizen Journalists in the Making Feb 17, 2010 Martha Tholanah commented on Happy New Year! Jan 05, 2010 Martha Tholanah commented on Anncouncing a New Publishing Opportunity Aug 27, 2009 Martha Tholanah commented on HIV Clinical Research: Realities on the Ground in Zimbabwe Aug 27, 2009 Martha Tholanah commented on Frontline journal story idea - please do give me your feedback! Jul 26, 2009 Martha Tholanah commented on Hope out of Despair - A Shining Light of Hope Jul 08, 2009 Martha Tholanah commented on Ooooh! Jun 09, 2009 Martha Tholanah commented on The Name Game Jun 09, 2009 Martha Tholanah commented on I need help: my husband is jealous ... of the internet Jun 06, 2009 Martha Tholanah commented on Skype, PayPal, and Western Union Jun 04, 2009 Martha Tholanah commented on Mini assignment Number 3! May 20, 2009 Martha Tholanah commented on Politics of Engagement - Inclusiveness and Elusiveness of Government Jun 04, 2009 Martha Tholanah commented on A Quick Update About Your Images May 16, 2009 Martha Tholanah commented on Access to infomation May 18, 2009 Martha Tholanah commented on They now rape and sterilize.. May 14, 2009