Working title: Dominating the discrimination & Negative Connotations of AIDS in Kenya
Thesis statement: Kenya, is a country within the african continent where people,and the government,are relatively conservative with their beliefs and religion which creates a prominent view of different individuals. A large demographic of Kenya is known to blame women, and those affiliated within the LGBTQ for the spread of HIV. From moral standards and conservative like views, these assumptions of who to blame are asserted into the Kenyan society. We can’t be blinded by the implemented values that clutch onto the society of Kenya, It is the people’s job to be well aware of how aids is contracted, and the treatment of those who fight this infamous disease.
There have been several cases of domesticated abuse across Kenya on the LGBTQ community, Being affiliated with the sexual identifications inclined within the LGBTQ community imprisons individuals for up to fourteen years. Being homosexual is considered a taboo, which is why a stigma is created built from the correlation of gays to the cause of HIV/AIDS. There is a stigma around Kenyan women inflicting their own misfortune of contracting HIV, however these assumptions aren’t true, It is more then likely that HIV in women had been contacted from sexual abuse. Most people outside of Kenya aren’t aware of unsanitary conditions in hospitals which causes a liability of children being more inclined to be infected by the disease, which I see as another stigma or presumption asserted into peoples thoughts outside of Africa’s geography.
From the NAMES project I was able to learn of individuals who had been taken away from HIV/AIDS, I saw it as an icebreaker towards obtuse connotations that are faced against carriers of AIDS. The quilt offered a sense of resurrection to these individuals, they lived on through the panels for the world to see who they really were, not what the world had thought they would be.
My purpose is to understand what causes these assertions that are placed against the women, LGBTQ, and children of Kenya. I want to know what can fix these assertions that obstruct these people from living normal lives in their belittling society of HIV/AIDS victims.
Alongside these thoughts, my research is meant to show the importance of awareness placed around discrimination and stigma set in the world of Kenya, It’s more of an opportunity for myself to learn how to combat these things that are still a problem today. As a whole we must not shy away from the darkest corners of Kenyan, corruption must be addressed through the people to educate those who are unaware.
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