Deon Haywood to be Honored at SisterSong’s 20th Anniversary Gala and Warrior Women Celebration

In a few weeks, SisterSong will celebrate 20 years of amplifying the lived experiences of women of color and working to advance Reproductive Justice here in New Orleans! As part of this historic meeting, SisterSong will honor the life and achievements WWAV’s own “Warrior Woman,” our Executive Director Deon Haywood.

Since Hurricane Katrina, Deon has led WWAV to a vibrant locally-rooted international network addressing the complex intersection of socio-economic injustices and health disparities. In 2009, she oversaw the launch of WWAV’s NO Justice Project, a campaign to combat the sentencing of women and trans* people arrested for street-based sex work under Louisiana’s 203-yr-old “crime against nature” felony-level law. This resulted in a federal judicial ruling and the removal of more than 700 women from the sex offender registry. She was also the representative from the U.S. South to the 2013 Frontline Defenders Dublin Platform, has testified in front of the United Nations Global Commission on HIV and the Law and been honored with numerous awards by groups across the United States in recognition of her leadership at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice and anti-criminalization and ending mass incarceration.

The 20th Anniversary Gala and Warrior Women Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, LA from 7:00-10:00pm as part of SisterSong’s “Let’s Talk About Sex” conference.

Click HERE to get your spot today.  The deadline to purchase gala tickets is Thursday, September 28th. Tickets will NOT be available at the conference.  Let us know if you have any questions, but act now.  This is a celebration you DO NOT want to miss!


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