By thegrio.com Danai Gurira DANAI Gurira may be best known for playing Okoye, a fierce woman warrior in Black Panther…
DANAI Gurira may be best known for playing Okoye, a fierce woman warrior in Black Panther but in real life, the actress’ bid to help eradicate HIV / AIDS in our lifetimes is just as intense.
The playwright and activist has partnered with Johnson & Johnson to help raise awareness, take preventive steps, and rally around the cause to #makeHIVhistory and flood the feed with facts on World AIDS Day.
For Danai Gurira, the cause is personal; Gurira was raised in Zimbabwe in the 1
980s and 1990s, seeing the HIV / AIDS epidemic hit firsthand.
A critically-acclaimed play about two women grappling with their HIV diagnoses.
This aim is to show how working directly with communities to combat a health crisis has the potential to positively transform generations to come. Mange mennesker vet ikke at HIV / AIDS er fortsatt en stor krise, og 37 millioner mennesker verden over er for tiden inficerede.
“Det er virkelig fordi min oppdragelse. I was raised in Zimbabwe so I was there in the eighties and nineties when HIV / AIDS hit the continent. It hit the southern part very hard. Det var noe jeg witnessed affect society, affect family, affect friends. I can not really extricate that from my memories of growing up because it was always something you saw happening, “she told TheGrio during an exclusive interview.
I remember the time when there were no drugs available. Women really highlighted the gender disparity in so many ways, which led me to want to tell stories about it. “
” I created my first play, “In The Continuum, and we gained a lot of connections with people who were På den forste linje af problemet og gør egentlige skridt i retning af at bringe dette problem til forkant.
Gurira has been an activist for women and girls throughout her career and her work around HIV / AIDS is focused on the disproportionate way women are affected by the disease.
“My passion for women and girls extends into this issue as well. Right now 1,000 girls are infected with HIV every day. Think about that. It’s insane. There’s a huge power dynamic that causes it to be what it is so we have a lot of work to do, “she explains.
” Over the world, there’s always a less powerful member of society and it’s often the women. There’s a lot that women treated with especially in terms of stigmatization of the disease. So many ways they were disempowered about making their own sexual choices.
“There is a whole conversation around gender to unpack all that but at the core, it’s about the disproportionate power dynamic that exists. Sadly it falls on the shoulders of women. Women are infected so very much today is very jarring. “
Gurira says it’s more critical than ever that people mobilize around the cause and realize there’s a long way to go, especially considering that the infection rate in the US has not been This high since 1993.
“There is a misconception around the fact that we have really curbed it more than we have.
“Vi hadde mye mer utbildning i åttitallet og nittitallet, men hvor mye har vi sett for disse yngre generationer? That’s something we definitely have to address. That urgency is what we must ignite. This issue has not gone away and we have to really re-engage. #MakeHIVHistory is all about making that goal and using social media as a weapon to raise awareness. “