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A Girl Like Me is moving!

June 29, 2014

Dear friends,

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It has always been a long-term goal of The Well Project to have all of our online resources in one place, so as to be able to combine information with real world experiences and connections. The technology of our new website has finally allowed us to reach that milestone. Therefore, we have recently migrated the entire A Girl Like Me blog onto The Well Project website and will soon be closing down this blog site and redirecting the www.girllikeme.org URL to the A Girl Like Me section on our website. We have already closed down comments on this blog, but comments can be made on the blogs posted to the website.

Q:        What does this mean for the A Girl Like Me blog?

A:        Ultimately, everything will remain intact. All of the blogs and comments have been transferred to The Well Project’s site, except for a few comments that were posted immediately after the transition. To ensure that we don’t lose any more of your valuable comments, we have closed down comments on this website and ask you to make any comments to blogs on the new website.

Q:        Will I continue to receive email notifications of new blogs?

A:        If you are currently subscribed to this blog and receiving email notifications, this will stop when we close down this blog. In order to receive notifications, please sign up to become a member of The Well Project website if you are not already (a simple process). Then, you can either “follow” individual bloggers (by going to their profile and clicking the “follow” button on their page) to receive email notifications when they have posted a new blog or “follow” the A Girl Like Me group, which will provide you with email notifications for all new blogs posted.

Q:        Why was it important to move the blog?

A:        Having all of our resources in one place will allow our users to have access to both information about HIV (including treatment, side effects, and related issues) and  a community of support through the blogs and other community features, such as groups and forums. For example, if you do a search on “stigma” on our new website, you will find both fact sheets and blogs that relate to HIV stigma. The website also reaches a larger audience (over one million visitors annually), so it will increase the reach of the blogs as well!

We hope that you will find this integration of The Well Project’s comprehensive information on women and HIV (over 120 up-to-date fact sheets!) and the online community support resources as exciting as we do! We believe it will not only strengthen and grow our community, but it will also further fulfill our mission of changing the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a unique and comprehensive focus on women and girls.

Together, we can change the course of the HIV epidemic…one woman at a time.  

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Please note, we are disabling comments at this time, as we are moving these blogs over to The Well Project website. You can leave comments for this blog at its new home here.

Transformative processes

October 22, 2014

Tiffany posted a new blog, Transformative processes, on A Girl Like Me’s Voices from our Allies:

I’ve been silent for awhile now. The silence has been a lack of inspiration and feeling like I had nothing to contribute to the conversation. Well, last week I went to USCA in San Diego for the first time in a very long time and got a wealth of information and inspiration. Now I struggle with separating it all out to make it useful for me and others as it sits jumbled in my head. But here we go.

I work in HIV research and despite the hype that it is meaningful work; guess what – there are days I don’t see the meaning. There are days I don’t see HIV. I don’t see where it all fits and I’m stuck asking myself why am I here? Why am I doing THIS right now? Not the research but this… The argument that community voices need to be included in the process, not rubber stamped, not tokenized to folk who supposedly understand that, but when the grant comes due, the paper needs to be written, and the possibility of money on the table, there is posturing for position and allocation of pie pieces with no signs of a community voice or share to be had.

Why am I doing THIS right now? Not the research but this… This report that requires justification for the funding we receive. How do I write a compelling story that shows the true value of community engagement when the report asks for the number of people enrolled in the study and nothing about how and what had to occur to get to that number? Why am I looking at human capital as capital and trying to put a dollar amount on what the right thing to do is? In my head I get trying to make sound business decisions. In my home I get budgeting and figuring out how to make a dollar stretch. But as I sit at the table in planning body meetings, when the topic of allocation of dollars and cost/benefit analysis come up, the people around the table, me included, cringe because we never quite know that those in positions higher than our own look at those unquantifiable things that you know need to happen if said analyses is to really have value.

Why am I doing THIS right now? Not the research but this…

My answer goes back to me being 10 years old and seeing children being denied access to school because of their HIV serostatus – and me being outraged because that was my favorite place to be and I didn’t get it. My answer goes back to high school biology with Dr. Mysing-Gubala; for extra credit I had an openly gay HIV-positive man speak to my fellow students about his struggle and his triumph. My answer goes back to moving to Philadelphia and working for a dynamic group, YOACAP, and seeing the lives of the young people we touched as we provided sexual health education and more and they return to say how it was a meaningful experience. My answer goes back to the community advisory board I work with now, that reminds me to fill out the report but also document their struggle, their purpose to be the bridge between the HIV researcher and the community.

My answer goes back to the knowledge that my voice and the community voice is more powerful than fear!

Tiffany B. Dominique

Read more of Tiffany’s blogs on “Voices From our Allies”.

Please note, we are disabling comments at this time, as we are moving these blogs over to The Well Project website. You can leave comments for this blog at its new home here.