Our recent community dialogue attracted a broad network of Policy Makers, Black community leaders (gate-keepers, heads of community organizations, people in senior private sector / arts/ public service leadership), Religious leaders, Researchers, Health, Social and Settlement Service providers to listen deeply and to understand root causes of issues upstream to how HIV dis-proportionally affects people of African descent in Alberta
In many ways, Ribbon Rouge is a story about my growth, a retelling of some of my most painful life experiences... a way to understand difficulties that I have lived through ... a way to give these difficulties meaning. It began with a sensitization to people living with HIV in Nigeria, grew in a deep empathy with women enduring gender-based violence and now into a rediscovery beyond self of my African identity. We are still evolving.
This video explains this evolution well.