“Each and every one of us belongs to a long lineage of women stretching back through the aeons of time, without whom our very existence would not have been facilitated,” wrote Annie. "I appreciate my mother and everything she went through. As a woman and mother, I passionately believe that women everywhere in the world deserve access to sexual and reproductive health care.
“I’ve been banging this drum for more than a decade. No child should give birth to a baby, and no mother or child should die because of HIV and AIDS.”
“So many mothers have stories of unspeakable sadness — partners who have rejected them; children, siblings, even parents who have died of the virus,” added Dr Besser. "There are stories of coming home to share their HIV status with family members only to find that each brother and sister has been living with the same virus and the same secret fears. All of these extraordinary mothers overcoming seemingly impossible challenges; rising up, fighting to survive.
“I view mothers with awe; for their resilience; for their generosity of spirit; for their capacity to heal themselves and then reach out and heal others.”
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