Positive Women’s Network challenges gender based health inequities for women living with HIV and hepatitis C. We lead initiatives to promote women-centred health, public education and research on HIV and hepatitis C.
Positive Women’s Network envisions a society where women living with HIV and hepatitis C can lead lives of health and dignity, free of stigma, discrimination, and violence
- Women face complex biological, economic, political, and social vulnerabilities to HIV and/or hepatitis C infection.
- Women living with HIV/ hepatitis C 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, culturally sensitive, trans-inclusive, and child-friendly.
- Responding to the needs of individual women through women-specific services.
- Working together as a community of women infected and affected by HIV and /or hepatitis C.
- Recognizing the impact of colonization on the history and experiences of Indigenous women.
- Applying the principles of GIPA and MIWA– Greater Involvement of People with AIDS and Meaningful Involvement of Women with AIDS.
- Working together across sectors on shared issues and goals.