I, Claudio Souza in the UN campaign Brazil: What if it were you? And I give you the hint: Imagine yourself with HIV!
People from different social groups face in their day to day situations of discrimination. Are bullied or stigmatized because they are women, black women, HIV-positive, gay, Northeastern, live with a disability, among other features.
To combat the problem, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) launched the campaign this month # EseFosseComVocê ?, in partnership with Globo. And the Information Center of the United Nations in Brazil (UNIC Rio) heard accounts of how it is to live under the violence of prejudice.
People from different social groups face in their day to day situations of prejudice. They are bullied or stigmatized because they are black, HIV-positive, gay, Northeastern, live with a disability, among other features target of discrimination in the country.
To combat the problem, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) launched the campaign this month # EseFosseComVocê ?, in partnership with Globo. Starred by Goodwill Ambassadors UNAIDS, Solano and Matthew Wanessa Camargo, the initiative seeks to provoke a reflection on how each person would react if faced with a situation of discrimination.
Who are the people who suffer prejudice? The United Nations Information Center in Brazil (UNIC Rio) gathered testimonials from people who suffer from prejudices by their color, sexual orientation, state of origin, serology or disability. All said that their experiences have motivated them to fight for a world free of discrimination.
Read the statements below:
Claudio Souza, founder of the site Soropositivo.org
In 2014 or 2015, I was unemployed, so desperate to work, that despite having a more or less balanced personal and financial life, at 50 years I presented my CV to work as a telemarketer.
I did some tests and I did very well. They asked for a second battery of tests: I also went through this new phase, and I handed over my documents for registration. They said they would contact 15 again for the initial training.
My wife noticed that we arrived on the 17 day without anyone calling. I went to the company and explained the situation. A girl searched the computer but found no information about me. He called another person, who took me to the Personal Department. They handed me the documents back. It was not the first time this had happened.
It had already happened in Piracicaba (SP), when I delivered the number of my PIS (Social Integration Program) to another job. I also did not get registered. When I discovered that I was HIV positive, 20 years ago, I was able to get the FGTS with a specific HIV-positive code that could be changed, but at the time I did not change it.
This happened to me from 1997. When he was going to be registered for a job, things changed. I just gave up looking. I live from my wife's financial support and what I can do, how to sell products on the internet that I care about in China. But with all this economic downturn, I have averaged two or three sales a month, while it was three to four sales a day previously.
I feel sad that I need to depend on my wife. For a long time, it was difficult to maintain the site Soropositivo.org. Two years ago, the company that runs WordPress gave three years of free hosting, which expires in March of 2018. I have to put money into it to keep it.
Prejudice has become more hypocritical. People react well when you say you have HIV. But when they have the opportunity to move away, they move away quickly. It is not everywhere that you are well accepted. You can not tell if it's because of HIV or if the person just did not like you. There comes a time when we do not ask more about what happened
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