The Beijing Platform Turns 20: Deon Haywood, One of 12 Women Honored For Their Fight for Justice

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Women With a Vision, Inc. is honored that our Executive Director Deon Haywood was included on the Front Line Defenders list of 12 Women Fighting for the 12 Goals established in the Beijing Platform for Action on this 20th anniversary of the platform. Front Line Defenders is the international foundation for the protection of human rights defenders. Deon received recognition for her work to … [Read more...]

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...]

Deon Haywood to Speak at “Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?” Conference


On October 23-24, 2014, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University will convene “Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics.”  The two-day event will be held in New York City, on the campus of Columbia University. An evening plenary on Thursday, October 23rd will be hosted at First Corinthians Baptist Church … [Read more...]

Deon Haywood Presents on “The State of Women’s Health in New Orleans” at Loyola

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On October 16th, 2014, Women With a Vision’s Executive Director Deon Haywood will join the Loyola Society for Civic Engagement in a panel discussion entitled, “ The State of Women's Health Care in New Orleans: What Do Women Have & What Do Women Need?” Visit the Facebook for more info! When: Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm Location: Audubon Room at Loyola University, 6363 St … [Read more...]

Deon Haywood Speaks on the Role of Social Media in the Movement


Women With a Vision’s Executive Director Deon Haywood will be interrogating the role of social media in the movement for justice when the Tulane University Office of Multicultural Affairs and Gender & Sexual Diversity hosts its final Diversity Convocation panel on October 15th, 2014. The panel will center around the "Clicktivism" movement among youth, the realities of political … [Read more...]

Deon Haywood: “Nine years after Katrina, it’s all about the takeover”


As we mark the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Women With a Vision Executive Director, Deon Haywood, speaks to journalist Jordan Flaherty for the Laura Flanders Show, which streams from In the interview Deon discusses the state of New Orleans on the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and how it's all about the takeover -- young, largely white populations are coming in, … [Read more...]

Rewatch Deon Haywood on MHP’s Super Bowl Special!


On Sunday, February 2, 2014, Women With a Vision's Executive Director Deon Haywood appeared on msnbc's Melissa Harris Perry Show on a panel entitled, "Sex, Money, and the Super Bowl," alongside guests Dave Zirin, Sports Editor at The Nation, Joy Reid, Managing Editor of, and Yamiche Alcindor, National Reporter at USA Today. WWAV was honored to be apart of this discussion, and to … [Read more...]

Deon Haywood Celebrated as a “Do’er” this Black History Month


This Black History Month, Planned Parenthood celebrated 98 leaders, who they called "dream keepers," from the African Diaspora on their website. Women With a Vision's Executive Director Deon Haywood was honored in their "Do'er" list -- for being a leader on the front line of the movement for social change. According to Planned Parenthood, "[Do'ers] educate Americans about the new health care … [Read more...]

Tune in Superbowl Sunday to see Deon Haywood on Melissa Harris-Perry!


Women With a Vision's Executive Director Deon Haywood will be on msnbc's Melissa Harris Perry Show this Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Deon will appear on a panel entitled, "Sex, Money, and the Super Bowl," and she will be joining an array of guests including Dave Zirin, Sports Editor at The Nation, Joy Reid, Managing Editor of, and Yamiche Alcindor, National Reporter at … [Read more...]

Highlights From the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference


The movement to end the War on Drugs is a movement that grows stronger every day. In preparation for the Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Conference here in New Orleans this week, check out highlight's from this fall's International Drug Policy Reform Conference held in Denver, Colorado, where more than 1,100 drug policy reformers came together. It was an amazing, energetic gathering … [Read more...]

“To be a human rights defender is to make a choice…”

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From October 8th to 11th, WWAV's Executive Director, Deon Haywood, joined 145 activists from 95 different countries for the 7th Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders.  Hosted by Front Line Defenders, this is a vital international forum for human rights defenders at risk, as many cannot speak freely in their own country.  Through plenary presentations and working group discussions, defenders … [Read more...]

Deon Haywood on MHP: Race, Gender and the Harm of the Criminal Justice System


On Sunday, September 29, 2013, WWAV’s Executive Director, Deon Haywood, joined Ari Melber, co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle;” Seema Iyer, Legal Contributor at Arise News; and Faith Gay, Attorney for Marissa Alexander, on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. This panel was brought together around two important issues affecting women’s incarceration: first, the announcement of a New York initiative to … [Read more...]

Women With A Vision Kicks Off Community Voices Project


More than a year after the arson attack that destroyed our Mid-City offices, Women With A Vision has been working hard to rebuild our physical infrastructure, to rebuild a home that would provide a safe space for our clients, and in which we will be able to serve our community through educational services, harm reduction resources, and programs focusing on improving the lives of women and their … [Read more...]

WWAV’s Deon Haywood will Participate in the Seventh Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders


WWAV's Executive Director, Deon Haywood, will be part of a select group of 100 human rights defenders to participate in the Seventh Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders. Since our founding, WWAV has known that our work is not just for our participants, or even for women and LGBTQ communities across the South, but for all people who have been criminalized across the world.  We are thrilled … [Read more...]

Victory at Last! Louisiana Will Remove Hundreds of Individuals Unconstitutionally Placed on Sex Offender Registry


Today, all of us at WWAV celebrate a huge victory not only for those who have been criminalized through the Crime Against Nature by Solicitation statute, but for all women and LGBTQ people who have been criminalized across the globe.  When WWAV started this fight five years ago, we were told that we couldn't win – that a small, black-led organization in the South couldn't win a victory on this … [Read more...]

People Who Made a Difference in 2010


WWAV's Executive Director, Deon Haywood, was recognized in 2010 HIV/AIDS Community Spotlight: "One of the main takeaways from Transforming the National AIDS Response: Advancing Women's Leadership and Participation was that there is amazing work being led by women, yet so many of these women go unrecognized. Deon Haywood is one of those women. "Haywood runs Women With a Vision, Inc., … [Read more...]

UN Spotlight on Sex Worker’s Rights


In 2010, the Best Practices Policy Project joined with the Desiree Alliance to research and describe the state of sex workers’ rights in the United States to be included as one of only five US presentations to be part of the Sexual Rights Initiative reporting back to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Universal Periodic Review. This report found that sex workers in the United States, … [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:// … [Read more...]

“NO Justice” Strategy Meeting, New Orleans


On July 22, 2009  WWAV held it's first NO Justice Project city-wide strategy session. We hosted 25 community allies and came together to discuss positions and a plan of action to challenge the Crime Against Nature Statute. … [Read more...]