MORENIKE OLAOSEBIKAN ON DISPROPORTIONATE SCOURGE OF HIV-AIDS AMONG AFRICAN-CANADIANS; HOW SHE USED FASHION + ART TO COMBAT THE AIDS PANDEMIC; WHICH AFRICAN/SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES + AFRICAN-CANADIAN NGO ARE THE BEST AT FIGHTING HIV-AIDS (MF GALAXY 138)
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As shocking as it is in 2017, HIV-AIDS disproportionately afflicts African-Canadians in Alberta. The reasons are varied and complex, which means fighting the pandemic here is all the more difficult. But the reality is that in this province, African-Canadians are six times more likely to be living with HIV-AIDS than the general population, and comprise 26 percent of all new HIV infections despite being only 2.5 percent of the population.
While some people might want to avoid the subject due to stigma or mortal fear, my guest today isn’t one of them, and she’s dedicated her life to stopping new infections and helping those already afflicted.
Morenike Olaosebikan is a health scientist and the founder of Ribbon Rouge, which uses fashion and the arts to raise money to fund relief and treatment for those affected, and to educate and empower those most vulnerable so they can avoid being infected, or share their human experience through the arts if they have already been affected. The Ribbon Rouge project is more than a decade old and has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help those living with the human immunodeficiency virus.
In today’s episode of MF GALAXY, Morenike Olaosebikan discusses:
- The hidden and disproportionate scourge of HIV-AIDS among African-Canadians in Alberta
- Why and how she uses fashion and art to combat the AIDS pandemic
- Why fighting HIV-AIDS forces a confrontation with religious values, cultural norms, the education system, and the poverty-to-prison pipeline
- Which African country, which South American country, and which African-Canadian NGO are doing the some of the best work in the battle against HIV-AIDS, and
- How traditional rural leaders and clergy are joining the struggle to protect those who have HIV and prevent others from getting it
We spoke on August 25, 2017 at downtown Edmonton’s Camel Boyz Somali restaurant.
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