What is A Girl Like Me?
A Girl Like Me (AGLM) is a program of The Well Project and is an online “blog” where women of all ages can share their stories and promote understanding of HIV through online storytelling. There are literally millions of women around the globe who are living with HIV and AIDS, yet many feel they are alone in their disease and isolated in the experiences they go through each day. The goals of AGLM are to help normalize HIV and AIDS in women and girls, and to create a space for women living with HIV from around the world to speak out and share their experience of what it is to live life with HIV.
Click below to view the introductory posts from a few of our bloggers:
- Mano (aka Sharon), a 29 year old mom of 2 boys from Durban, South Africa
- Jae Martin, a 39 year old mom of 3, HIV+ for 18 years who lives in Southern California
- Dikeledi Mahlangu, a 25 year old single mom who lives in Johannesburg, South Africa
- Katie, a 29 year old mom, who discovered she and her husband were both HIV+ when she was pregnant with her first child (who is HIV-negative)
- Joy, a 32 year old mom to a 4 year old boy from Kampala, Uganda
- Maria T. Mejia, a 38 year old Columbian woman, HIV+ for over 20 years, living in Miami, FL (see Maria's video blog of her story below)
Maria's video blog:
What is a blog?
A blog is an online journal or diary where individuals regularly post their thoughts and comments on events and experiences. Some blogs include several individuals who post under one website, such as AGLM. Readers can leave comments on the posts, which is an important part of many blogs. Bloggers (the individuals contributing to a blog) can also post images or links to other Web pages that are related to the topic. AGLM utilizes social networking sites (such as Facebook and Twitter) to enhance traffic of a national and global audience.
How can you be a part of A Girl Like Me?
If you are a woman living with HIV and interested in participating in the pilot phase of AGLM, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes the following:
- Brief biography (200 words or less)
- Sample first blog (100+ words)
- 2-3 sentences explaining why you would like to be a part of "A Girl Like Me"
What's in it for you?
If you are interested in contributing to AGLM, you will become a voice for women around the world and will likely help thousands of others by sharing your story. The Well Project will provide the website and platform for you to participate in this online community, and will also provide support in setting up your account to link to the blog. The Well Project also hopes to provide online and/or in-person training focused on storytelling and media in the future.
If you are selected, what will be expected of you?
If you are selected, we will send you an agreement to review and sign for your participation. You will be asked to contribute a brief blog (blog entries are often 200-400 words or even less) every 2-3 weeks for a period of approximately 6 months (or longer if you so choose). If you receive numerous comments to your blogs by readers, we ask that you also periodically check in and post responses if necessary. The blogs will be monitored and we will not allow any content that is offensive or graphically inappropriate to readers. The Well Project will also offer copyediting support for grammar/spelling if you so choose.
What are the technical requirements?
All you need is an internet connection and an email address. We will work with you to create a username and account, as well as connect you to the AGLM blog. After set-up is complete, you can you can simply email your blogs to The Well Project to post.
Will this be viewed by the public?
Yes. We will be promoting this blog in many ways (including The Well Project website, Facebook, Twitter and other networks) in hopes of reaching as many women as possible. We encourage women to apply who are open about their HIV status, however we will consider entries who would prefer to remain anonymous and post under an alias as well.