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The greatest strength is gentleness.
~ Iroquois Proverb

Mission

Positive Women’s Network challenges HIV and changes women’s lives. As a community living with and affected by HIV, we provide leadership on the complex realities of HIV-related health and social issues for women.

Vision

Positive Women’s Network envisions a society where women living with HIV can lead lives of health and dignity, free of stigma, discrimination, and violence.

Realities

  • Women face complex biological, economic, political, and social vulnerabilities to HIV infection
  • Women living with HIV experience stigma and discrimination based on gender, race, sexuality, and other forms of identity
  • Women who have experienced violence have an increased risk for acquiring HIV, and women living with HIV experience more frequent and severe violence
  • Women have the strength and resilience to determine their health choices
  • Women deserve services that are safe, confidential, non-judgmental,
    trans-inclusive, and child-friendly

Values

  • Responding to the needs of women through women-specific services
  • Working together as a community of HIV-infected and HIV-affected women
  • Recognizing and honouring the unique history and experiences of Aboriginal women
  • Applying the principles of GIPA (Greater Involvement of People with AIDS) and MIWA (Meaningful Involvement of Women with AIDS)
  • Partnering with other organizations on shared issues and goals