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.