Bellas, I can’t even really wear heels, but today on Afrobella I’m proud to represent and rock these fly Alexander McQueen red pumps online all day!

Alexander mcqueen red pumps

Today is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. One year ago, Karyn and Luvvie founded The Red Pump Project — an enthusiastic non profit organization which has tirelessly worked to raise awareness both online, and with a series of awesome events around the country. Today marks the celebration of the 500 in 50: Rock the Red Pump campaign — where fellow bloggers are encouraged to be part of the movement and show solidarity by featuring a Red Pump badge on their blog. And to write about what National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day means to them.

When I look at the statistics of women and girls with HIV/AIDS, it terrifies me. And when I look at the women and girls who seem to live their lives completely ignorant to the ongoing threat of HIV/AIDS, it astounds me.

Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.

Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.

AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25 to 34.

Black women make up 66% of all new diagnoses of HIV in women.

These are statistics that should resonate with anyone who’s reading this. So how can you support the cause, and do your part to raise awareness?

If you’re a blogger, you too can participate in the 500 in 50: Rock the Red Pump campaign – it’s not too late!

You can become a Red Pump Ambassador and help to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in your own community.

You can seek out local HIV/AIDS charities in your neighborhood and offer to volunteer time, money, or supplies.

Or at the very least you can wear your favorite pair of red shoes today, to show your solidarity with the movement.

I am so proud to be a part of this cause, and the Red Pump Project is becoming bigger than ever, y’all. Just this morning Luvvie and Karyn appeared on NBC here in Chicago!

And I sincerely hope to see many of you come out wearing your flyest pair of red shoes on Thursday March 25, for the Rock the Red Bold Fashion Awareness event. Click here to buy tickets. There will be cocktails, fierce fashion, and some of your favorite bloggers in attendance. Please come out for this amazing cause!

So. Are you rocking red pumps today? Tell me if you are!

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pets says:
March 10, 2010, 5:54 pm
Do you have red pumps?
Nurse on Call says:
March 10, 2010, 9:56 pm
I am actually wearing red pumps today. For no particular reason, I thought I would be BOLD. I loved the looks I got from people wondering why I was wearing RED PUMPS with a brown dreass and pocket book. The HIV epidemic is a serious threat to women and I am happy to be involved in the movement to help eradicate the disease.
nolagirl says:
March 11, 2010, 1:33 pm
I read this post while at work. I wear red shoes all the time but sadly I did not yesterday. I immediately post signs ( I work at a Univeristy)when I read the post. I need to update my calendar. Thanks for the info!
tycajam says:
March 12, 2010, 3:29 pm
This is such an important cause and project. Even though I didn't wear red pumps on the day of, I am inspired to wear them on the week of the event. After 5 work days of wearing red I know my co-workers will definitely want to know why and I can point them in this direction. Bravo to you Bella and the ladies of the Red Pump Project!


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