Deon Haywood Presents at FREE HER Legislative Conference!

WWAV's Executive Director Deon Haywood will be presenting at the FREE HER Legislative Advocacy Conference this August 4-5th, 2015 at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School. She will be speaking on a panel covering legislative advocacy and political organizing based on the work of Women With a Vision. This two-day conference brings justice involved women and allies together … [Read more...]

WWAV Statement on Jindal Administration Cutting Medicaid Funding to Planned Parenthood

WWAV Statement on Jindal Administration Cutting Medicaid Funding to Planned Parenthood Defunding Creates Barriers to Services for Low-Income Women and Women of Color In a move that will threaten the health of low-income women and other marginalized women across the state of Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal announced Monday that the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) will be … [Read more...]


TODAY is the national day of action to honor the lives and uplift the stories of Black women and girls who are victims of state and structural violence. The invisibility of the violence that Black women face in local and national media has shown the need to elevate the ways that both race and gender intersect when it comes to ending systemic violence against all Black people and achieving real … [Read more...]

This Legislative Session, Support Women’s Health & Rights!

The Louisiana legislative session began on April 13th, and WWAV has been working to bring the issues impacting our communities to the table, and advocating for policies that will improve the lives of marginalized women and their families in Louisiana. Several bills introduced this session pose a threat to our community’s basic human rights -- from a personhood amendment that would have the … [Read more...]

WWAV Hosts First Meeting of BLAC – The Black LGBTQ Action Coalition!

Join Women with a Vision, Inc. for our first meeting of BLAC - The Black LGBTQ Action Coalition on Tuesday, May 5th from 6:30-8:30pm! What is BLAC? The Black LGBTQ Action Coalition is a partnership between WWAV and Mississippi In Action to organize Black LGBTQ people throughout Louisiana and Mississippi and to support those individuals in advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness, accessible … [Read more...]

WWAV Joins National and Local Drug-Reform Advocates in Hosting a One-Day Conference to Chart a Health-Based Approach to Drug Policy

Download New Directions Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2015 Contact: Desiree Evans Office: 504-301-0428 Email: WWAV Joins National and Local Drug-Reform Advocates in Hosting a One-Day Conference to Chart a Health-Based Approach to Drug Policy Louisiana Leads Nation in Incarceration Rates; Prison Population Has Doubled in Last 20 Years, With … [Read more...]

Women With a Vision Hosts screening of “The House I Live In,” Winner of Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival

Download Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2015 Contact: Desiree Evans Office: 504-301-0428 Email: Women With a Vision Hosts screening of “The House I Live In,” Winner of Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival Documentary Offers Poignant and Disturbing Look at Devastating Impact of War on Drugs on Families and Communities NEW ORLEANS, LA - … [Read more...]

Save the Date! 4/1 “The House I Live In” Film Screening

Charlotte Street Films, Women With A Vision and the Host Committee for New Directions-New Orleans invite you to a screening of the award winning documentary, The House I Live In. When: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Time: 6:30pm Cocktail and networking reception; 7:00pm film screening and panel discussion. Place: Ashe Cultural Arts Center - 1712 Oretha C Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA … [Read more...]

Save the Date! 4/2 “New Directions in Drug Policy” Conference

On April 2nd, WWAV, VOTE, LPHI & the Drug Policy Alliance are hard at work planning our "New Directions, New Orleans: Toward a Health-Based Approach to Drug Policy" Summit at Dillard University! More information to be released soon!!! … [Read more...]

Girls With A Pearl – March 26th: SAVE THE DATE!

Join Women With A Vision on Thursday, March 26th for #GirlsWithAPearl, a social mixer and safe space for transgender women, combining conversation, dinner, and story sharing to talk about being healthy in relationships. GWAP is facilitated by WWAV's Wendi Cooper, email her at for more info Please share this flyer with a Transwoman you know! … [Read more...]

GroundWork Presents “Building Your Professional Brand”

Save the date! Friday March 27th at 4pm is the March meeting for our EMERGE:GroundWork program! This month we will be focused on "Building Your Professional Brand" and will explore resume writing and offer professional development tips. This program is open to sex workers and formerly incarcerated women in the Greater New Orleans area and is facilitated by WWAV's Leslie Davis. Email … [Read more...]

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today February 7, 2015 marks the 15th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative. It was founded in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities. Today: - Get Educated about HIV and AIDS; - Get Involved in community prevention efforts; - Get Tested to know … [Read more...]

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence. You can make a difference: Encourage schools, community-based organizations, parents, and teens to come together to prevent teen dating violence. How can … [Read more...]

January 14th! WWAV Pay-It-Forward Happy Hour!

Join Women With A Vision on WEDS Jan 14th as we kick off the New Year with a #PayItForward Happy Hour with EIFFEL SOCIETY! Come grab a drink and support the work of New Orleans' premiere women's health organization. Invites your friends/family/coworkers/neighbors/etc-the more people who come buy drinks, the more WWAV takes home at the end of the night to support the work we do with the city's … [Read more...]

World AIDS Day 2014: Intersectionality, HIV Justice, and the Future of Our Movement

While the past year has seen remarkable advances in HIV from prevention to policy, the challenges with HIV remain burdened and entrenched among the most vulnerable communities across the United States. Here at Women With a Vision we see this first hand in Louisiana and across the Deep South. As we’ve written about, the South is at the heart of the current HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, … [Read more...]

Trans Lives Matter: Learn More this Transgender Awareness Week!

November 14th - 20th marks Transgender Awareness Week, a week where individuals and organizations around the country help to raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and take action by educating the public and advancing advocacy around the issues that transgender people face. The final day of Transgender Awareness Week is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an … [Read more...]

Sex Workers Benefit From Alternatives to Incarceration in New Orleans

Carla is a young woman in her late thirties. She dropped out of school in the ninth grade, because she “had never done well, so there was no point.” She had her first son not long after that and started dancing to provide for him. “I didn’t have an education or any skills and doing that I could take care of him,” she explained. Carla learned survival from watching her mother – even though her … [Read more...]

Watch Deon Haywood on MHP Discussing NOPD’s Treatment of Sex Crimes

On Saturday, November 15th, 2014, Women With a Vision’s Executive Director Deon Haywood appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry Show to discuss a new report detailing how the New Orleans Police Department failed to properly investigate hundreds of reports of sex crimes. The new report, released last week by the city’s inspector general, found that of 1,290 sex crime “calls for service” … [Read more...]

WWAV Executive Director Deon Haywood Heads to Dallas for Facing Race

This week Women With a Vision, Inc. Executive Director Deon Haywood joined an array of racial justice activists from across the country at the Facing Race National Conference being held in Dallas, Texas, November 13-15, 2014. The conference is presented by Race Forward, and will feature plenaries, workshops, sessions, and panels on racial justice issues impacting the country. Dean will present … [Read more...]

Join the Movement for Medicaid Expansion this Nov. 15th in New Orleans!

Women With a Vision, Inc. will be joining national, state, and local healthcare advocates in urging Louisiana to participate in Medicaid expansion in a Day of Action to be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Mississippi River Heritage Park in New Orleans. Attendees will learn why Medicaid expansion is critical for improving public health in Louisiana and how they can … [Read more...]