by Renisha James
SisterLove, Inc. is one of those organizations that absolutely does it all. Based in Atlanta, GA with an international branch in South Africa, this powerful organization is in the fight for women’s lives; educating them about their reproductive health and focusing on the deadly epidemic of HIV/AIDS.
SisterLove is on a mission to eradicate the adverse impact of HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health challenges upon women and their families through education, prevention, support and human rights advocacy in the United States and around the world.
In 2007 Georgia’s statistics for newly diagnosed HIV cases had risen from 2005. Women accounted for 30% of the new AIDS cases and those who were most frequently infected were between 20-24 at the time of diagnosis. (Georgia Dept. Of Community Health)
With numbers and cases like this, SisterLove, Inc. recognizes the need for more prevention tactics and education among women in the 20-24 age bracket, most who are in college. Through their “Community Promise” Program, they reach out to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) in Atlanta. Through this program they challenge young women to identify issues and risk factors that impact their risk for contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Another great portion of their organization, and something I think truly captures the mission of this fight, is their international program. Why stop at just the U.S.? SisterLove, Inc. currently has 2 programs running in South Africa and a third training and technical assistance program to AIDS activists on service delivery in: Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, Nigeria, Phillippines, South Africa, and Uganda.
SisterLove, Inc. was even recognized and awarded by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the BET Foundation as an organization that works to improve the health and well-being of Atlanta’s black women.
If I lived in Atlanta, I’d be the first in line to volunteer for this pioneering and life-changing organization. Check out SisterLove, Inc. on their website: www.sisterlove.org
and if you’re in Atlanta, do your best to step in and volunteer!
Renisha James, a native of Chicago, was raised in Evanston, IL. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She is also a personal trainer and founder of Renewed Fitness. Renisha serves as the HIV/AIDS Education Coordinator for The Red Pump Project. When asked why she “Rocks the Red Pump,” she replied: “I ‘Rock the Red Pump’ because HIV/AIDS has too much power in my community. Plus, red pumps are SO hot!”