Health tips from CBC’s Black Health tipbook, published exclusively on CBC News, are being shared on social media.
“I have a black husband and I want my husband to be happy.
I want him to be healthy,” says Jasmine.
“So I just ask myself: Is there a way that I can improve my husband’s health?”
Jasmine is one of many Black women sharing their health tips on social networks.
“This is one example of the kind of positive impact that social media can have on people’s lives,” says Janice King, a professor of social work at the University of British Columbia.
“It allows people to be heard and it allows them to share their experiences, whether it’s positive or negative.”
“If you have a job, you’re not going to talk about your struggles,” says Joanne.
“You’re not allowed to discuss things that are hard.”
Joanne says she had a difficult time staying in the workforce and now works part-time to pay her bills.
“There are a lot of things that I want to share with my readers and tell them that there are other ways that I’m going to improve my life,” she says.
Joanne started her job as a sales representative with a large, well-known insurance company.
She says that while working there, she noticed a lot more diversity among the staff.
“The people that were most visible were the people that they hired,” she explains.
“They were the ones that you could see in the office, because they had their own social media profiles and they were able to interact with each other on their own terms.”
Joanna was one of those people.
Joanna is a member of the National Coalition for Black Women (NCBW) and has since been employed at a number of different companies.
“My employer wanted me to be part of their workforce, so I felt like they would be more welcoming and supportive if I was more visible, because I was the only person who had been there for four years and had a family,” Joanne explains.
Joana’s husband is also a part-timer at the insurance company and they have two children.
“What I found is that there was this really intense, very toxic atmosphere in the workplace that is still very prevalent, especially in the Black community,” Joana says.
“For a lot people, they don’t see that the majority of Black women work part- time, or that the Black women who work full-time are not as empowered as Black women.”
Joana is concerned about the future of the Black workforce and says she wants to be able to contribute more to the community.
“In the long term, I want Black women to be empowered, and that means that I will be able, in the short term, to contribute to the advancement of Black people, but in the long run, I will have to look at my own future,” she adds.
“To do that, I need to be more active, and to be aware of the impact that my actions have on my Black male friends.”
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