Violence

PWN-USA Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

TDOR artwork courtesy of Forward Together. Visit their page for more artwork and writing by trans artists!Today, November 20, is the National Transgender Day of Remembrance, or TDOR as it is commonly called. The transgender community, especially transgender women of [...]

2017-11-20T17:50:31+00:00 November 20th, 2017|human rights, Trans Justice, Violence|0 Comments

Today Is Our 4th Annual Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV. Here’s What You Can Do.

October 23, 2017 Did you know? Women living with HIV are twice as likely to experience intimate partner violence (IPV) and five times as likely to experience lifetime sexual assault as the general population of women. Data also shows that women of trans experience, [...]

On #NWGHAAD, PWNers Assert and Celebrate #BodilyAutonomy

March 16, 2017: For National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NWGHAAD), PWNers from coast to coast hosted and participated in events, in person and online, raising awareness and educating our communities about HIV and its impact on women and girls and [...]

On #NWGHAAD, We Celebrate #BodilyAutonomy

March 10, 2017: Today is National Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day. In honor of the approximately 300,000 women living with HIV in the United States, please join Positive Women's Network - USA in asserting and celebrating the bodily autonomy of [...]

Trans Resilience & Resistance in Changing Times

November 18, 2016: Transgender Day of Remembrance—or Transgender Day of Resilience, to give full credit to the power, strength, creativity and determination our brothers and sisters of trans experience have shown in the face of relentless persecution—is observed November 20 of [...]

I (Still) Believe that We Will Win.

November 15, 2016: Today, we grieve. Tomorrow, we fight. Resistance in the face of terror is nothing new for our communities. Our bodies are transgressive: Black, brown, and otherwise pigmented; queer; HIV-containing; border-crossing. Our bodies and those of our ancestors have [...]

On Third Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV, PWN-USA Demands End to Criminalization & Other Forms of Structural Violence

OCTOBER 21: Women with HIV simultaneously live with the effects of trauma resulting from interpersonal, community, and institutional violence. Studies have shown that the lifelong and compounding effects of these different forms of violence may have consequences far deadlier than the [...]

Separating Science from Stigma Following the Charlie Sheen Disclosure

Charlie Sheen's public disclosure of his HIV status, while producing some of the predictable backlash and stigmatizing comments we have come to expect, has also presented a fantastic opportunity to educate the general public about the current science concerning HIV, [...]

Help Make Trauma-Informed Care the Next Legacy of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennie Smith Camejo, jennie.sc.pwnusa@gmail.com / 347.553.5174 October 19, 2015 – Want trauma-informed care to be the next legacy of the Ryan White Program? So do we! Show your organization’s support by signing on now to these [...]

Join the 2nd Annual Day of Action to End Violence Against Women with HIV, October 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Naina Khanna, nkhanna@pwn-usa.org / 510-681-1169 August 31, 2015 – For women living with HIV, trauma and violence are often deadlier than the virus. Join Positive Women's Network - USA (PWN-USA), the premier voice of women leaders with [...]

"We Gonna Be Alright": An HIV Activist at the 1st National Movement for Black Lives Convening

By Waheedah Shabazz-El, PWN-USA Director of Regional Organizing   Introduction Waheedah Shabazz-El. “Unapologetically Black” was a major theme amongst more than 1,500 Black activists and organizers in attendance at the 1st National Movement for Black Lives Convening, held [...]

“We Gonna Be Alright”: An HIV Activist at the 1st National Movement for Black Lives Convening

By Waheedah Shabazz-El, PWN-USA Director of Regional Organizing   Introduction Waheedah Shabazz-El. “Unapologetically Black” was a major theme amongst more than 1,500 Black activists and organizers in attendance at the 1st National Movement for Black Lives Convening, held [...]

Economic Violence in Post-Katrina New Orleans: Reflections from “Breaking the Silence: A New Orleans Town Hall Hearing on Women of Color,” Part One

By Penny DeNoble I have been incredibly excited about making my transition to New Orleans, as I had become really homesick over the last year and a half, desiring to return to the City of my birth. There is something [...]

2015-07-14T10:59:29+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Economic Justice, human rights, Uncategorized, Violence|1 Comment

Updating the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Vote for the Recommendations Most Vital to Women with HIV!

Can you believe it's been almost FIVE YEARS since the first National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) was released in July 2010? The NHAS is a plan created under President Obama to comprehensively address the domestic HIV epidemic. The first NHAS included [...]

PWN-USA Teams with Healthcare Providers to Release New Model for Trauma-Informed Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford – oford@pwn-usa.org – 347.553.5174 May 6, 2015 – Today, Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA), a national membership body of women with HIV, is proud to announce the release of a new model for [...]

Advancing Collaborative and Shared Leadership and Participation Inclusive of Women Living with HIV

Remarks Delivered at the White House’s National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event, “Stepping Out of the Shadows: HIV & Violence against Women and Girls” By Vanessa Johnson, PWN-USA National Training and Leadership Director Vanessa Johnson, JD. [...]

Stepping Up Commitment: Women and Girls Living with HIV Must Matter Every Day of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford, oford.pwnusa@gmail.com / 347.553.5174  March 10, 2015 – Each year, on March 10, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is observed in the US. But at Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA), a [...]

Do All Black Lives Matter?

On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Amplifying the Voices of Women, Youth, and Transgender Women FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford, oford.pwnusa@gmail.com / 347.553.5174 February 7, 2015 – This National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), Black women remain 20 times [...]

PWN-USA Applauds Federal Progress Addressing the Intersections of Violence Against Women, HIV, and Trauma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford - oford.pwnusa@gmail.com - 347.553.5174 October 10, 2014 - Today, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we congratulate the White House Office of National AIDS Policy on today's release of Updates on Efforts to Address the Intersections of HIV/AIDS, Violence [...]

2014-10-15T00:31:46+00:00 October 15th, 2014|Stigma, Trauma, Uncategorized, Violence, Women-centered Care|3 Comments

PWN-USA Congratulates UCSF Women’s Health Clinic on Landmark Study of Women, Trauma and HIV Disclosure

Contact: Olivia Ford - oford.pwnusa@gmail.com - 347.553.5174 July 16, 2014 – Last Friday, University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) researchers released study results that add to the growing body of literature surrounding healing from trauma as an essential component of HIV care for [...]

Healing in Order to Treat: Addressing Violence and Trauma to Improve Health Outcomes for Women With HIV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford, oford.pwnusa@gmail.com / 510.333.4262 New York City, March 10, 2014 – Today, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Positive Women's Network - United States of America (PWN-USA) is Sharing Knowledge and Taking Action to [...]

From Recommendations to Action: Community Leaders Encourage Movement on Federal Goals Addressing Trauma, Violence, Women and HIV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Olivia Ford, oford.pwnusa@gmail.com 510.681.1169 February 14, 2014, Washington, D.C. -- This Valentine’s Day, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy showed their love for women by formally launching the recommendations report of the Interagency Federal [...]

2014-02-17T19:58:44+00:00 February 17th, 2014|PWN-USA Communications, Trauma, Violence|0 Comments

On World AIDS Day, Getting to Zero Discrimination: Women with HIV Call for an End to Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Sonia Rastogi, sbrastogi@gmail.com December 1, 2013 Oakland, CA – “Violence takes many forms, including but not limited to physical and sexual violence. Violence includes laws that regulate our bodies and who we choose to love. Violence [...]

2013-12-01T09:00:12+00:00 December 1st, 2013|reproductive justice, Trauma, Violence, World AIDS Day|0 Comments

PWN-USA Releases Groundbreaking Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for US WLHIV

PWN-USA Releases Groundbreaking Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for US WLHIV  To read full report click here Despite significant advances in treatment and reduction in infectiousness, people living with HIV continue to face discrimination in the health care system, [...]

PWN-USA Survey Finds Violations of Sexual and Reproductive Rights of US WLHIV

This summer, as part of a project to assess the state of sexual and reproductive health and rights for women living with HIV in the US, PWN-USA launched a national survey. The survey was taken by nearly 200 women living [...]

Sneak Preview! Findings from a National Survey on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for US WLHIV

UNSPOKEN: Sexuality, Romance, and Reproductive Freedom for Women Living with HIV in the United States Findings from a National Survey by Positive Women’s Network – United States of America (PWN-USA) Summary: To better understand the current experiences of women living [...]

PWN-USA Applauds Release of White House Recommendations to Address HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities

PWN-USA Applauds Release of White House Recommendations to Address HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities September 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA -- Today, the Interagency Federal Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women [...]

Tyler Perry’s “Temptation” and People Living with HIV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Waheedah Shabazz-El, Founding Member, iamshabazz@yahoo.com, (267) 231-2647 Sonia Rastogi, Communications Director, sbrastogi@gmail.com, (408) 306-6805 Tyler Perry's Temptation Sentences People with HIV to a Lifetime of Stigma and Isolation April 16, 2013, New York, NY – “Tyler [...]

This Valentine’s Day, Show Your Love! End Violence Against Women & Girls

PWN-USA stands with One Billion Rising Contact: Sonia Rastogi, PWN-USA Communications Coordinator 408.306.6805 // positivewomensnetworkusa@gmail.com February 14, 2013 - New York, NY This Valentine's Day, Positive Women's Network - United States of America (PWN-USA) shows our love for women by [...]

Violence is the Fatal Flaw in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Getting to Zero for Women: Violence is the Fatal Flaw in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Sonia Rastogi, positivewomensnetworkusa@gmail.com, (408) 306-6805 November 28, 2012, Oakland, CA – Data released in 2012 shows a shocking correlation between violence, [...]