In Ghana, women are more susceptible to HIV infection, largely due to their socioeconomic disadvantage.
Because Ghanaian society favors the education of men, many women are financially dependent on male partners. Men are in control of sexual relationships as well, and often choose not to use protection during sex, especially because the fertility of women is very important in Ghanaian culture.
When women do contract HIV, they are often shunned by society and considered worthless by men. Doris Yarnie was one of these women.
The Seeker Stories team recently traveled to Ghana to speak with Doris and to film a VR documentary about how HIV and AIDS is disproportionately affecting women in Sub-saharan Africa. Watch the documentary now.
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UN.org: The United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women
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