Why Religious Sisters?Stand in solidarity with African Sisters
Sisters are leaders.
Religious women are key healthcare providers, educators, and counselors in sub-Saharan Africa. More than that, Sisters are key pastoral ministers in the communities where they serve, offering spiritual guidance and support.
Given our leadership position, Sisters can offer unique advantages in alleviating the stigma and suffering associated with HIV/AIDS.
Empathy. In the sub-Sahara, women and girls comprise 56% of new infections among those age 15 and older (www.unwomen.org). They are more readily stigmatized than men, and bear a disproportionate share of the HIV/AIDS burden because they are both vulnerable to infection, and usually serve as the primary caregivers for those who are already infected.
Given the burden they carry and the culture of fear, women are more comfortable discussing their healthcare needs with other women. Sister to Sister gives women religious the tools to be empathetic listeners, especially on behalf of those who lack hope and a voice of their own. Our Sisters are highly regarded in sub-Saharan cultures for trust, empathy, and compassion.