On October 23, 2014, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, PWN-USA is spearheading a National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV.
Scroll down this page for online activities and local events throughout the US, as well as a list of endorsers of the Day of Action. Our social media toolkit has sample posts and images to share on October 23. Check this page regularly for more ways to get involved!
3 in every 4 U.S. women living with HIV (WLHIV) report a history of gender-based violence, compared with 1 in every 4 women in the general population.
This violence can be deadly. In recent years, WLHIV have been brutally murdered following disclosure of their HIV status.
End the Violence!
Organize a local event · Find a local event below
Join in on social media using our Day of Action social media toolkit
facebook event page: http://tinyurl.com/EndVAWHIV
twitter: @uspwn #SaveWomensLives #pwnspeaks #EndVAWHIV
Organizational Endorsers of the Day of Action
- AIDS Alabama
- AIDS Foundation of Chicago
- AIDS United
- Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
- Disclosure Solutions
- HIV Prevention Justice Alliance
- International Community of Women Living with HIV North America
- Knew Choices Incompany
- National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
- National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
- National Minority AIDS Council
- National Network to End Domestic Violence
- National Working Positive Coalition
- Rural Women’s Health Project
- Save Wiyabi Project
- Sero Project
- The Well Project
- Women’s HIV Program at University of California – San Francisco
Will your organization or group be sharing posts about the Day of Action? Make it official by signing on as an endorser of this important day! Email Olivia at firstname.lastname@example.org to become an endorser.
Flash blog – Advocacy Without Borders and the Positive Organizing Project of Legacy Community Heath Services: We’re coordinating a virtual event to raise awareness as well as pay tribute to positive women and girls, including our transgender sisters, who have experienced violence.
*****Participate in our flash blog!***** A flash blog is a collection of individual writings, images, art, poetry, etc about a particular topic written by different people that are all shared in one place [usually a dedicated blog address] on the same day. We are seeking posts on or before October 23 about violence and women living with, affected by, and at risk for HIV, including our trans sisters. Click this link for more details!
Twitter chat – National Network to End Domestic Violence (@nnedv): Join us for an hour-long Twitter discussion on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence on October 21st at 3:00 PM EST – tweet at us using the hashtags #PositivelySafe and #DVandHIV at the time of the Twitter chat!
Philadelphia, PA: Philly’s PWN-USA is having a Candle Light Vigil on Oct 22nd In Love Park for National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women with HIV. Come out and join us and light a candle to bring awareness that all Violence on women must end!!!
Oakland, CA: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN WITH HIV
We will remember and call out loud the names of HIV+ women and trans women that we remember in the Bay area whose lives were shortened or worsened due to the violence in their lives
We will also have a short presentation of recent research done at UCSF documenting increased incidence rates and poor HIV outcomes connected to violent impacted lives
Please bring your hearts, other women and trans women who need to know, music words of inspiration, flowers and candles to:
Oakland Office of AIDS Administration
1000 Broadway, 5th fl. (12th Street Bart Station)
Thursday, October 23rd, 1-2:30pm
Contact: Loren 510-316-9075
San Diego, CA: Rally for National Day of Action Calls to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV
Who: Positive Women’s Network-USA-San Diego Chapter (PWN-USA-SD)
What: A rally uniting women and community members living with or affected by HIV – mobilized to tell a story of survivors of violence and calling for an end to violence against all women, including those living with HIV.
When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 12:00-1:30pm
Where: NBC Towers, 225 Broadway St., San Diego, CA 92101
Join PWN-USA-SD and San Diego’s HIV community as we embrace the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse, and recognize that more work remains until every individual is able to live free from fear.
Denver, CO: Join The Positive Women’s Network (PWN) Colorado as together with our allies we protest the reality of Intimate Partner Violence and Trauma on all women’s lives and specifically women living with HIV.
We remember the women who have been recently been murdered due to their HIV status and acknowledge that there are thousands of others who suffer in silence…..
Well not today…. Today we are raising our voices and RAISING A RUCKUS to show that women living with HIV in our community and across the US matter.
View flier for the event (PDF)
Where: Corner of Colfax and Broadway, Denver
When: 7:00 to 9:00 AM and 3:30 to 5:30 PM
This is a local movement, please make a poster explaining why women’s lives, especially those with HIV matter. Join with us for one or both Ruckus raisings
… all are welcome
More Information: Barb Cardell 303-946-2529
Facebook group : PWN CO members and allies
More events coming soon!
Resources on Violence Against Women with HIV
- PWN-USA Violence Against Women factsheet (PDF version)
- Ending the Spectrum: A Timeline of Women’s Struggles Through a Gender and Human-Rights Lens, By Teresa Sullivan
- Healing Trauma and Ending Violence Against Women Are Crucial for Improving HIV Health Outcomes: Moving From Recommendations to Action – Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Update on Federal Progress Addressing the Intersections of Violence Against Women, HIV, and Trauma
- The Intersection of Women, Violence, Trauma, and HIV – Fact Sheet (PDF – From AIDS United)
- HIV, Intimate Partner Violence, and Women: New Opportunities Under the Affordable Care Act (From Kaiser Family Foundation)
- DV & HIV/AIDS Toolkit for Providers (From National Network to End Domestic Violence)
- 2013 Report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence (From National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs)
- PWN-USA Congratulates UCSF Women’s Health Clinic on Landmark Study of Women, Trauma and HIV Disclosure
- Tools for Advocates to Respond to a Young Woman’s HIV-Related Murder