Working Women: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Survival contains narratives pertaining to the challenges, struggles and success stories of women in the workplace who come from diverse cultures and social backgrounds. The essays discuss the struggles of women who were marginalized but who fought for recognition, dignity, and respect in their workplaces and personal lives. The narratives cross cultural boundaries presenting multiple dimensions of the struggle and success of women from different walks of life.
Chapter 10: ‘Openly Positive’: Living and Working with HIV/AIDS
‘Openly Positive’: Living and Working with HIV/AIDS
Nearly 15 per cent of all people living with HIV/AIDS around the world live in South Africa. Of this group in South Africa, 5.6 million are in the economically active group (Shisana et al. 2005). These statistics reveal the serious impact that the virus has on our workforce. Within the education sector itself, at least 12 per cent of the South African educators and administration staff are thought to be living with HIV (Theron 2005; World Bank 2002). This is not surprising when one considers that the disease is affecting both the demand and supply of education as argued by Shisana et al. (2005: 2), ‘Not only do children drop ...