Born From Flames: WWAV Featured in The New Yorker

For 23 years, Women With a Vision has been standing with the women of New Orleans. We have been let into worlds that few others see, and trusted with stories that few others hear. We have also been guided by the truth that for change to be real it must emerge from the community. Using that grassroots framework has enabled us to do what some said would be impossible to do, working every day to … [Read more...]

Save the Date: Do Your Summer Shopping at Dirty Coast on May 20th to Support WWAV!

On May 20, 2014, the New Orleans-based apparel company Dirty Coast will donate 20% of all in-store and online sales to support the work of Women With a Vision. WWAV is honored to be chosen as one of this year's twelve beneficiaries for Dirty Coast's 20 on 20 campaign. Start saving your dollars and don't miss your your chance to buy your New Orleans-flavored tee for the summer, supporting WWAV … [Read more...]

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Interested in learning more about WWAV's events, campaigns, and programs? Did you know that you can sign up to receive our e-newsletters, news, announcements, alerts, and learn about ways to get involved in WWAV? Sign up here today!   … [Read more...]

WWAV Chosen as Beneficiary of First All-Female Flambeaux Troupe this Mardi Gras Season!

Women With a Vision is honored to be the 2014 beneficiary of the tips received by the first-ever all-female flambeaux troupe known as "The Glambeaux." The new 24-member troupe is set to debut during the Krewe of Muses parade this year. Historically, flambeaux bearers illuminated parades in the decades before floats carried their own electrical lighting sources. The troupes often danced and … [Read more...]

Support WWAV’s Work for Racial and Gender Justice Today! Help Us Win $25,000!

Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company has launched their 2nd Annual Community Rewards Program and Women With a Vision is one of the non-profits in the running for a grant! For the winners, the funds will be awarded in one $25,000 gift, one $10,000 gift, one $5,000 gift, three $2,000 gifts, and four $1,000 gifts after the voting period is completed. Please take a moment to vote for us to … [Read more...]

WWAV Supporters Take to the Street With Style and Charm: It’s Not Too Late To Get Your WWAV T-shirt!

WWAV supporters have been rocking their new WWAV t-shirts near and far, from the Deep South to the cold North. We're making a movement, and it's not too late to take part! Are you looking for a stylish new tee? A tee that will also help raise funds for one of your favorite New-Orleans-based harm reduction non-profits? Consider giving yourself or your loved ones a cool new WWAV t-shirt! You … [Read more...]

Tulane Vagina Monologues Selects WWAV as a 2014 Beneficiary!

Women With a Vision is excited and grateful to be one of the community group beneficiaries for Tulane University's Vagina Monologues this year! Each year, the Tulane Vagina Monologues partners with two local women's organizations dedicated to ending violence and increasing safe space for women, and donates 90% of the show's profits from ticket sales to these groups. The show dates this year … [Read more...]

Good Spirits NOLA Kick-Off to Fundraise for WWAV

Women With a Vision has been able to continue our work post-fire because of the amazing contributions and fundraising done by our supporters and allies in our community. WWAV is proud to be the first fundraising recipient of Good Spirits NOLA, a new open-bar happy hour presented by Soul Sister and The Other Bar, and hosted by Soul Sister. Attendees will be able to enjoy unlimited spirits and … [Read more...]

Your Gift Was Doubled in 2013!

Women With A Vision ended 2013 on a high note! We were successful in reaching our matching gift goal thanks to you! We raised $8,000 through donations and our fundraiser party by the year's end, which gave us a total of $13,000 after the initial $5,000 was matched by one of our generous supporters. This money will go toward supportive programs and the construction and renovation of our Vision … [Read more...]


Dear friends and family! Happy Holidays from Women With a Vision! Are you looking for a stylish gift to give a loved one this holiday season? A gift that will also help raise funds for one of your favorite New-Orleans-based harm reduction non-profits? Consider giving your loved ones a cool new WWAV t-shirt! You can pick up your t-shirts from WWAV for just $20! Call us at … [Read more...]

Help Build the Vision: New Video and Matching Gift Offer!

Dear friends, Last week, across the globe, communities celebrated International Human Rights Day. Here in New Orleans, WWAV made a commitment to continue to use our strength and power to build a better world. We have made so much progress this year thanks to our supporters and allies who have stood at our side as we've rebuilt and continued to fight for the lives and rights of the most … [Read more...]

We Need Your Support to BUILD the Vision! In May 2012, an arson destroyed Women With A Vision's office. Thanks to generous supporters and grassroots donors, WWAV has been able to purchase a house. But we need to raise more money for renovations, to turn the space into an office, community meeting space, and safe place for our clients to come and feel at home. Please watch … [Read more...]

Join WWAV on Dec. 12th for a VISION HOUSE fundraiser!

From December 12-13, WWAV and the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition are hosting two intensive days of training and strategizing here in New Orleans with all of your favorite southern drug policy and harm reduction leaders. On Thursday night, December 12th, conference attendees and the broader New Orleans community are invited to come and party with us, helping WWAV raise funds for our new … [Read more...]

This Giving Season, Help Us Build the Vision! December 3, 2013 THIS GIVING SEASON, HELP US BUILD THE VISION! Dear friends, allies, and family, We're still here because of you. On May 24, 2012, Women With A Vision suffered what could have been a debilitating blow. Our offices were ransacked and torched in an aggravated arson attack; we were left with nothing but the charred … [Read more...]

Rebuilding Our Archive: The “Born In Flames” Oral History Project with WWAV Board Member, Laura McTighe

After the 2012 aggravated arson attack on our offices, we lost more than our home and sense of safety in the city we love; we also lost all the tangible memorabilia of our more than twenty years of work. In the wake of this attack, WWAV sustained our rebuilding process by making new memories – uniting our members to craft policy campaigns for combatting the policies impacting their lives; … [Read more...]

September 9th – No Pants No Problem!

On September 9th, No Pants No Problem (NPNP) has a hot date NOLA style with Queer-Spiricy and the fine folks attending the US Conference on AIDS – and WWAV is one of the beneficiaries! NPNP is a community driven event that started in Montreal in 2004 and to create spaces that challenge sexual and gender binaries and critical inner (and outer) self dialogue about bodies and sexual privilege in a … [Read more...]

Deon Haywood is’s Health Hero

We are so grateful to Kellee Terrell from for reaching out to see how we're doing a year after the arson attack on our offices, and to learn about our new policy fights after our big victory in the NO Justice campaign and our ongoing work to support the women of New Orleans in standing and living in their own power.  Scroll down to read her interview with our Executive Director, Deon … [Read more...]

Vision House is Getting Planned!

Thanks to YOU, all of our supporters and allies, we have been able to begin plans for our new Vision House. Check out a few shots from our latest on-site meeting with our fantastic design … [Read more...]

WWAV Has a New Temporary Office Until Vision House is Open!

After closing our new home on December 31, 2012, we immediately began plans for how to transform it into our Vision House. And with our rebuilding efforts fully underway, we cannot thank all of you — our friends, our allies and our colleagues — enough for your support in helping us to realize this dream. Until Vision House is up and running, we are trilled to be making our temporary office home … [Read more...]

On the One Year Anniversary of the Arson Attack

Today, on the one year anniversary of the arson attack on our offices, we are honoring ourselves and the work that we have put in to heal and move forward this last year. And on this one year anniversary, it is important for us to say to the arsonists who destroyed our previous office space that we hold no anger towards you. Through this attack, we were held by a national and international … [Read more...]