Breakthrough woman fights HIV by empowering young women
African American women are 15 times more likely to contract H-I-V than white women. One North Carolina mom is hoping to lower that statistic by empowering young, black women to take charge of their bodies and their lives. She's today's "Breakthrough Woman":
DeVondia Roseborough was nominated by her friend Trina Sowell, who says:
My friend DeVondia Roseborough is definitely a breakthrough woman. Years ago, she found out that she's HIV positive and instead of lying in bed, wallowing in pity, in 2005, she started the Rasberrirose Foundation. The purpose was to encourage the importance of education and respecting our bodies as women. Preventing unwanted pregnancies and STD's like HIV. And to those young women who have already been exposed to the disease, she still encourages them, "You take this and turn it around to something positive."
It's good just to have women like DeVondia who can say, "Hey, this is what I've been through. This is what I've done. But look at me now. Look at where I'm going."
Do you know a Breakthrough Woman? Nominate her at iReport.com.