Day of Action to End Violence Against WLHIV: October 23, 2015

#EndVAWHIV   #pwnspeaks   #DVAM

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 HIV in the US, in saying ENOUGH! to the epidemic of violence against women with HIV. You’re invited to join our National Day of Action to End All Forms of Violence Against Women Living with HIV.

When: October 23, 2015
Where: Everywhere (Click here to check out events already scheduled nationwide! Find one near you!)
How: Organize an in-person or online event, write a statement, blog or press release, get involved!
Who: Led by women living with HIV and those who love and support us
Why: Women living with HIV face alarming rates of interpersonal, community, structural and historical violence.

Interpersonal and intimate partner violence, lifetime abuse, and the trauma they produce, must be considered and addressed for women living with HIV (WLHIV), who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder at a rate five times the general population. Rape culture, misogyny, and patriarchy place women, girls, trans and gender-nonconforming folks, and people on the LGBTQ spectrum at disproportionate risk of violence in their communities. Structural violence, in the form of HIV criminalization laws, the gender wage gap, restrictions on sexual and reproductive rights, and policies that require people living with HIV to be poor in order to access lifesaving medication and care, must be addressed as part of this picture, as they intersect with and perpetuate interpersonal and community violence. These problems are especially exacerbated for WLHIV who are poor, women of color living with HIV, sex workers, and women facing other forms of systemic oppression and marginalization.

Click here to view the webinar we presented October 2 with lots of great information on the Day of Action chock full of ideas for ways to own it and promote it!

5 things you can do right now to support the Day of Action:

1. Sign on to endorse the Day of Action. Then get everyone else you know to sign on!

2. Plan an in-person or online event on or around October 23, 2015. (Click here to check out the calendar of events happening nationwide!)

Folks are organizing community events, teach-ins, direct actions, twitter chats, and more! Let us know what you’re planning. Contact us at with the following info about your event:

  • Your name or organization
  • Location, date, and time of the event
  • Event description
  • Any relevant links

3.  Write a blog (as an individual), or plan a statement or press release from your organization, talking about why you support the Day of Action.  See our factsheet and talking points linked below as reference.  Submit your blog or statement to and we’ll run it or link to it.

twitter chat graphic final4. Promote the Day of Action to get others to sign on!  Join our Thunderclap and share with others! (Make sure to click “Support on Facebook” or “Support on Twitter.”) Check out our Social Media Toolkit with sample promo tweets here and commit change your social media profile pic on October 23 to our Day of Action image! Join our Twitter Chat, co-hosted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the Well Project and SisterLove, Inc., on October 23 at 11 AM Eastern time!

5. Make a donation to support and sustain PWN-USA’s work to advance trauma-informed care in HIV programs and to build leadership among women living with HIV.


We thank all the individuals and organizations that have already signed on as partners or endorsers of this important day of action! Click here to add your organization to this list!

30 for 30 Campaign
A Sister’s Gift Women’s Center, Dallas
ACT UP London
African Services Committee
AIDS Alabama
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AIDS Project Los Angeles
AIDS United
Albanian Association OF PLWHA
APLA Health & Wellness
AS – Center For The Empowerment Youth Of People Who Are Living With HIV And AIDS
Being Alive!
Bill’s Kitchen, Inc.
Cascade AIDS Project
Center for Health and Gender Equity
Chicago Women’s AIDS Project
Christie’s Place
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
Counter Narrative Project
emPOWERed Legacies
Federal AIDS Policy Partnership Structural Interventions Workgroup (FAPP SIWG)
Fierce Caucus and Black Womens Caucus of Union Theological Seminary
FORCE Baltimore
Forward Together Oakland
G III Associates
Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)
Global Justice Institute, Metropolitan Community Churches
Global Network of People Living with HIV, North America
GMFA The Gay Men’s Health Charity (London)
HAART Inc., Baton Rouge
Healthy & Free Tennessee
Hektoen Institute of Medicine
HIV Disclosure Project
HIV Prevention Justice Alliance
Housing Works Brooklyn
Houston AIDS Research Team Cross-Network HIV CAB
Howard Brown Health Center
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
International HIV Partnerships
International Network of People Who Use Drugs
Justice for All Coalition
Lambda Legal L.A.
Latino Commission on AIDS
Lee’s Rig Hub
National Female Condom Coalition
National HIV/AIDS Disability Project
National Network to End Domestic Violence
National Press Club,Nepal
National Working Positive Coalition
Older Women Embracing Life, Inc.
Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative
Philadelphia Center
Philadelphia Department of Public Health Ambulatory Health Services PrEP Program
Positive Living Women Malaysia
PowerSource Tucson
PWN-USA Colorado
PWN-USA South Carolina
PWN-USA San Diego
PWN-USA Bay Area
PWN-USA Louisiana
PWN-USA Michigan
PWN-USA Philadelphia
PWN-USA Georgia
Ribbon Consulting Group
Sero Project
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS)
SisterLove, Inc.
SisterReach, Memphis
Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care Kansas City
SKUC (Slovenia)
The Afiya Center
The Empowerment Program Denver
The Praxis Project
The Sophia Forum
The Well Project
The Women’s Collective Washington, DC
Transgender Law Center
Tunisian Association of Positive Prévention
Women & Life
WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases)
Women With A Vision, Inc.
Women’s HIV Program at UCSF