PWN Turns Fabulous Five

My, how time flies!

It seems hard to believe, but Positive Women’s Network USA turned 5 this month!

P1030575Happy Birthday, PWN-USA!

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!

Any amount of support is gratefully appreciated. Make a one-time investment here.P1030910 Become a monthly sustainer here.

And, for a one-time donation of $100 or more, or a recurring monthly donation of $15 or more, you get a supersexy limited edition PWN Tshirt!

Check out the slideshow and timeline below highlighting PWN-USA’s achievements and milestones.

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2008
• 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

2009
• 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

2010
• 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

2011
• 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

2012
• 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

2013
• 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

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