PWN-USA Turns Fabulous Five
My, how time flies!
It seems hard to believe, but Positive Women’s Network USA turned 5 this month!
Since our founding in 2008, we’ve laughed together, cried together, analyzed policy together, marched, danced, and spent countless hours on conference calls…We’ve learned to tweet, blog, and quilt together; trained each other; supported each other; and held each other accountable as leaders.
And you’ve had our backs.
With your consistent support, we’ve succeeded in training hundreds of HIV-positive women to use a human rights and social justice framework, uplifted the conversation on women, HIV and rights in the media and policy discourse, helped host an International AIDS Conference, and built a vibrant, diverse national community of fierce and connected HIV-positive women leaders.
We’re in this for the long haul, and there’s only one way we can continue the critical work we do … with your support!
Be part of the movement by helping PWN-USA stay strong for another 5 years!
All donations support our mission to improve the lives of HIV+ women, including transgender women. Your investment will help us combat HIV-related stigma and provide training and support for HIV-positive women leaders!
Check out the slideshow and timeline below highlighting PWN-USA’s achievements and milestones.
• Founding meeting, first Steering Committee formed, all women living with HIV
• Developed and submitted to Obama-Biden transition team the first set of policy recommendations produced and written entirely by HIV-positive women for a sitting U.S. Administration
• Mobilized HIV-positive women nationally to provide input on the development of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
• Helped produce Critical Issues for Women and HIV: Health Policy and the Development of a National AIDS Strategy
• Organized an action at the National HIV Prevention Conference to demand that women be a priority in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
• Launched regional chapter in Philadelphia
• Selected as one of two U.S. community-based partners for the 2012 International AIDS Conference, along with Black AIDS Institute
• Launched regional chapters in South Carolina and San Diego
• Led production of Gender Monitoring the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: A Toolkit for Advocates
• Launched PWN-USA human rights training series
• Partnered on White House Project’s Go Run Training to train HIV-positive women and allies as candidates for political office
• Launched Count Us In! Campaign
• Helped launch 30 for 30 Campaign
• Helped launch U.S. People Living with HIV (U.S. PLHIV) Caucus
• Launched Strategic Communications and Media training series
• Launched Community Organizing training series
• Hosted Raising Our Voices: An Advocacy and Leadership Summit for HIV-positive women in the U.S. South, a 3-day skills building summit attended by over 50 HIV+ women from the nine Southern States
• Served as one of two U.S. community partners for International AIDS Conference 2012
• Organized the first U.S. WLHIV pre-conference for an International AIDS conference
• Supported over 60 HIV+ women to get to AIDS 2012, 95% of whom had never attended an international conference before
• Helped anchor women’s mobilization and rally
• Launched regional chapters in Detroit and Colorado
• Elected first PWN-USA Board of Directors, led entirely by women living with HIV
• Launched strategic planning process
• Launch of #Stamp Out Stigma (#SOS), a national media accountability campaign to promote responsible media portrayals of people living with HIV