WWAV’s Digital Storytelling Project to Battle Stigma, Stereotypes

In today's media environment, we often see popular messaging coming from the top down that attempts to solve "problems" in marginalized communities, allowing voices from outside these communities to speak about the health and lives of women, queer, and transgender people. In many ways the mass media can contribute to the inequities and isolation of already-marginalized populations, shaping the … [Read more...]

August 31st International Overdose Awareness Day – Save the Date!

It's Labor Day weekend. It's Southern Decadence. It's the start of Saints season. It's the 1st Secondline of the season... AND it's International Overdose Awareness Day. On August 31st, WWAV will be out in the streets – raising awareness about  the reality of overdose in our community, spreading information about how overdoses can be prevented, and collecting stories so we can pass Good … [Read more...]

Amy Wolfe Joins WWAV as a 2013/2014 Schweitzer Fellow

WWAV is trilled to be collaborating with Amy Wolfe, a medical student at LSU- New Orleans, who holds an Albert Schweitzer fellowship to address health disparities and locally defined gaps in care. During her fellowship term, Amy will be working with WWAV to reduce transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C in New Orleans by maintaing and expanding our harm reduction services to support increased … [Read more...]

WWAV is Walking in the NOLA Pride Parade this Year!

All of us at WWAV are proud of who we are. As NOLA’s only queer black women-led organization, WWAV has been speaking our truth and fighting for LGBTQ health for more than twenty years. This year, on June 22nd, we’re coming out in force at the NOLA Pride Parade – for our community, for our foremothers, and for all those around the world who cannot march with us. The parade starts at 6pm, and … [Read more...]

Project Elevation is Celebrating the Power of Women across the Globe to Overcome Violence!

This summer, the seven woman team "Project Elevation" is taking it to new heights — 19,341 feet to be exact. Starting from Louisiana, one of the lowest points in the United States, the team will be ascending to the highest point in Africa — Mount Kilimanjaro – to raise awareness for women's global fight to overcome violence. And they're also raising funds to support the work of grassroots … [Read more...]

Making Beauty, Making Change

On Thursday June 7th, the staff and board members of Women With A Vision took a trip to The Bead Shop, located on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Aside from admiring the beautiful jewelry that the shop carries, we also attended a jewelry making class for beginners, a first step in launching WWAV’s new micro-enterprise program. In the class, each of us was provided with a beginner’s kit, which … [Read more...]

Raising Our Voices with PWN in the South

WWAV was honored to be a part of the Positive Women's Network's Raising Our Voices: An Advocacy Summit for HIV+ Women in the South. PWN’s summit brought together over 60 HIV+ women leaders and allies from the Southern states for a 2 day meeting designed to build leadership and advocacy capacity among women living with HIV in the Southern U.S. The Summit was an inspiring gathering of advocates … [Read more...]

Micro-Enterprise, WWAV Style: Creating Beauty, Ending Poverty

Women With A Vision and Good Work Network are partnering to create pathways to economic opportunity for marginalized women in the New Orleans area.  Target groups will include HIV positive women, previously incarcerated women, female victims of domestic violence, and LGBT individuals.  Individual and group craft projects and goods, including jewelry and preserves, will be produced using recycled … [Read more...]

WWAV’s Story Circles with Wendi O’Neal – Monthly, 1st and Last Tuesdays

As a cultural worker, facilitator, and educator, Wendi O'Neal connects social and economic justice groups' mission, vision and values with how everyday work gets done. She uses spiritually grounded practices, art, story circles and song sharing as tools for growing inspiration and sharing methodology for democratic process. Born and raised in New Orleans, she has worked in local, regional … [Read more...]

Deon Haywood Honored by Forum For Equality

Recognizing that the face of HIV/AIDS has changed in the New Orleans area, with heterosexual Black women becoming the fastest growing population of newly diagnosed cases in the city and state, the founders of WWAV have provided HIV/AIDS education and substance abuse resources to individuals practicing high risk behaviors such as injection drug use and unsafe sex. Deon Haywood continues this … [Read more...]

Summit on Sex Work in the South

On December 2nd, 2011, Women With A Vision is joining forces with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Asheville Sex Worker Outreach Project, Sex Workers Without Borders, North Carolina Sex Workers Alliance and Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS) to host the first regional Summit on Sex Work in the South.  Attendees include the awesome Human Rights Watch and other national … [Read more...]

June 17th – “NO MORE WAR ON DRUGS”

SECOND LINE PARADE/COMMUNITY FORUM June 17 will mark forty years since President Richard Nixon, citing drug abuse as “public enemy No. 1”, officially declared a "war on drugs." A trillion dollars and millions of ruined lives later, the war on drugs remains an abject failure. Drug policy reform advocates all across the country will mark this auspicious date with a day of action to raise … [Read more...]

June 1st – HIV/AIDS Human Rights Training

On June 1st, Women With A Vision will be hosting an advocacy training on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights with our allies at WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease) and U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN). The training will include background information on the human rights framework, a human rights approach to advocacy, and discussion of specific policies and laws that affect … [Read more...]

May 18th – Dancing for a Vision Benefit

We are so grateful to Kryss from Crescent Lotus Dance Studio for organizing this belly dance show to benefit Women With A Vision! For tickets, please contact Crescent Lotus at (504) 382-5199 or www.crescentlotus.com.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door, Bybos Restaurant (3218 Magazine Street - upstairs).  Doors open at 6:30pm! … [Read more...]

Ain’t No Place to Pee on Endymion?

Come pee by WWAV! *$5-10 minimum donation gets you an all day bathroom pass* … [Read more...]

Join Us for the New Orleans Launch of “Queer In(Justice)”!

Queer (In)Justice, a new book just released by Beacon Press, is a searing examination of queer experiences – as criminal defendants, prisoners, and survivors of violent crimes. Tracing stories from the streets to the bench to behind prison bars, the authors prove that the policing of sex and gender both bolsters and reinforces racial and gender inequalities. … [Read more...]

“Know Your Rights” Training at WWAV

Check out this clip from BreakOUT!'s first "Know Your Rights" training with Ursula Price of the Independent Police Monitor. The participants are discussing a case scenario to learn what our legal rights are as LGBTQ young people in New Orleans. The event was hosted by Women With a Vision. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucW1sZ0J078 … [Read more...]

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

In honor of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Women With A Vision, Inc. celebrated the hard earned achievements of our members harmed by Louisiana’s Solicitation of Crime Against Nature statue. Over the past year we have been working diligently in addressing the needs of women impacted by this statue—mobilizing resources and opportunities to better serve their needs, … [Read more...]

HRC 2010: Bringing It Together in the Big Easy

At the 8th Annual Harm Reduction Conference November 18-21, Women With A Vision helped to lead the focus on the criminalization of sex worker's lives and communities. From our morning plenary session to our closing day workshop, all of us at Women With A Vision were excited to connect and strategize with our allies in the national and global harm reduction movement! … [Read more...]

Desiree Alliance Conference

Executive Director, Deon Haywood, has worked non-stop to further the mission of WWAV taking it to new heights and locations! She delivered the Keynote address at the Desiree Alliance 2010 National Sex Worker Conference “Working Sex: Power, Practice, and Politics” in Las Vegas, Nevada. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUqG_xZ3B6s … [Read more...]