HIV and AIDS in the World of Work

The Voice of the Voiceless Campaign: Mariana Renata

“My name is Yohana and I am living with HIV,” narrated Mariana Renata, a top Indonesian model, joining other artists and athletes around the world in the ILO’s “Voice of the Voiceless” initiative to give voice to people living with HIV/AIDS who are not able to tell their own stories.

Feature | 21 July 2016

“My name is Yohana and I am living with HIV,” narrated Mariana Renata, a top Indonesian model, joining other artists and athletes around the world in the ILO’s “Voice of the Voiceless” initiative to give voice to people living with HIV/AIDS who are not able to tell their own stories. The initiative also aims at reducing HIV-related discrimination at work and promoting voluntary testing and counselling.

Mariana voices the true story of Yohana, a plantation worker in Papua, Indonesia, in fluent English and France. She was diagnosed by HIV after taking a voluntary testing organized by her company. Uncertain and confused, Yohana was terrified. Yet, she felt lucky as her company supported her and provided her with medication treatment.

“We are excited to work with Mariana Renata narrating the HIV/AIDS real-life story from Indonesia. As an actress and top model of Indonesia, we believe that Yohana’s story can help in reducing stigma and discrimination faced by workers living with HIV,” said Gita Lingga, Communications Officer of the ILO Jakarta.

Mariana’s participation in this initiative was pro-bono. “Many people living with HIV have no access to information and to care as well as treatment. Even in many countries they lose their rights to employment,” said Mariana in the midst of five-hour shooting in Jakarta.

Mariana is known for her role in Janji Joni film (Joni’s Promise in English), a model for Lux soap and the winner of the 2005 Most Favorite Supporting Actress award at the MTV Indonesia Movie Awards. Focusing her career on modelling, she is now living in New York city, USA.