WWAV to Host Social Mixer and Story Circle for Transgender Women, Part of New Emerge Project!

Announcing: GIRLS WITH A PEARL Girls With a Pearl is a bimonthly social mixer and safe space for transgender women. Join WWAV for conversation, dinner, and story sharing as we mix it up to talk about how to be healthy in our relationships. Why Girls With a Pearl? "The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes of pearls occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been … [Read more...]

Join WWAV at the New Orleans Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Red Umbrella March!

Come march with Women With a Vision staff this Saturday, February 8th at the 5th New Orleans Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Congo Square in Armstrong Park. Starting at noon, WWAV will join groups and residents from around the city in a Red Umbrella march and second line through the Treme neighborhood, and through areas of the 5th, 6th and 7th wards to raise awareness about the disproportionate … [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 TheGrio.com, and Yamiche Alcindor, National Reporter at … [Read more...]

The Myths Surrounding Sex Work and the Super Bowl

In the lead up to the Super Bowl, news report after news report have used the fear of prostitution to perpetuate what has long been shown to be an urban myth — the idea that there are intricate networks of sex workers that descend upon cities for large sporting events, a concept furthered by the argument that human sex trafficking follows the same path. Although the link between the Super Bowl and … [Read more...]

WWAV Highlights from the 2013 Southern Harm Reduction Conference

Last month, more than one hundred harm reductionists and drug policy advocates gathered in New Orleans for the Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Conference. The conference was an amazing opportunity for groups across the region and nation to come together to learn about and discuss how drug policy impacts marginalized populations and our community as a whole. Conference attendees had an … [Read more...]

WWAV Executive Director Speaks at Tulane’s Audre Lorde Week

Women With a Vision's Deon Haywood will be speaking at Tulane University's second annual Audre Lorde Week. The week is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to come together to develop tools for using human difference as a springboard for creative change. According to the organizers, the experiences planned for the week combine critical analysis and love, lyricism … [Read more...]

Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need

Women With A Vision is excited to join the Raising Women's Voices campaign to help women get covered under the Affordable Care Act insurance plans. The RWV campaign is an initiative between several national state and local health advocates who are committed to making the promise of health reform real for women. The campaign is working to make sure women's voices are heard and women's concerns are … [Read more...]

Facts about Stalking for National Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, and this month Women With A Vision is launching our new program focusing on Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Dating Violence, specifically aimed at African-American women and LGBTQ survivors. This year is the 10th anniversary of Stalking Awareness month, and we wanted to leave you with a few facts: Stalking is a crime in all 50 States including … [Read more...]

“Gender and Incarceration” Panel – Watch the Video NOW!

On November 6, 2013, WWAV's Executive Director, Deon Haywood, was part of a panel discussion on "Gender and Incarceration" at Tulane University. Please click HERE to watch this powerful conversation among formerly incarcerated women, scholars and activists (and those wearing multiple hats!) on how our understanding of mass incarceration changes when gender is centered, and how communities are … [Read more...]

Deon Haywood: Winnovating Intersectional HIV/AIDS Activism

On December 23rd, WWAV's Executive Director, Deon Haywood, was featured on Winnovating (Women Innovating) for her intersectional HIV/AIDS activism.  Mwende Katwiwa of the Winnovating team interviewed Deon as part of their summer drive to profile "Winnovators whose causes readers can support in the spirit of the holidays."  All donations up to $5000 will be matched until December 31st, 2013 as part … [Read more...]

WWAV Joins the World in Calling For Sex Workers’ Safety and Rights

Today Women With a Vision wishes to join sex worker allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The day of recognition was founded in 2003 by the Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP), and it is a day met with actions, events, and vigils in many cities around the world to call attention to the violence that is … [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...]

Catherine Haywood, WWAV’s Co-Founder and Community Health Coordinator

In 1991, Catherine Haywood co-founded Women With A Vision, Inc. Now, more than two decades later, she remains our core community engagement liaison – building, maintaining and deepening WWAV's relationships with community health and wellness organizations across the city as a critical part of our mission to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities. A native of … [Read more...]

Zina Mitchell is Bringing Hope to the People of New Orleans and Teaching Them How to Fight for their Rights!

Zina Mitchell has long been a member of the WWAV family. As we move into 2014, we are thrilled to announce that she will be transitioning into her new role as our resident Harm Reductionist and Outreach Worker. Zina  is a native of New Orleans, born and raised in the 7th Ward. She first connected with WWAV as a client and volunteer while still in the throes of her addiction, and has since … [Read more...]

Louisiana Fuels HIV Epidemic: Criminal Laws, Police Practices Put Sex Workers, Drug Users at Risk – Human Rights Watch Report

Reprinted With Permission by Human Rights Watch's Megan McLemore (New York, December 11, 2013) – Louisiana state laws and practices that prohibit access to sterile syringes and criminalize sex work contribute to an uncontrolled HIV epidemic and an extremely high AIDS death rate, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The AIDS death rate in Louisiana is more than double the US … [Read more...]

Wendi Cooper is the Community Navigator for WWAV’s New Domestic Violence Program!

This Fall, WWAV announced that we will be launching a new program on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking for African American women and LBTQ women in New Orleans, with the support of the Office on Violence Against Women. We are THRILLED to announce that WWAV's longtime volunteer and family member, Wendi Cooper, will be joining the program team as our Community … [Read more...]

Southern Harm Reduction Conference Comes to New Orleans: Local and National Groups Gather to Shine a Light on Drug Policy in the U.S. South

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 2, 2013 Contact: Desiree Evans Phone: 504-301-0428 Email: desiree@wwav-no.org Southern Harm Reduction Conference Comes to New Orleans Local and National Groups Gather to Shine a Light on Drug Policy in the U.S. South NEW ORLEANS, LA - From December 12-3, 2013, New Orleans-based Women With a Vision, Inc. (WWAV) along with the North Carolina Harm … [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...]

Ashley Bernal Joins WWAV as our NEW Domestic Violence Program Coordinator!

This Fall, WWAV announced that we will be launching a new program on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking for African American women and LBTQ women in New Orleans, with the support of the Office on Violence Against Women.  We are now THRILLED to introduce you to the program coordinator, Ms. Ashley M. Bernal, MA. Ashley is a life-long resident of New Orleans. She has … [Read more...]

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation. The talk back session features Dr. Kim Chandler, Xavier University, Deon Haywood, Women With A Vision, S. Mandisa Moore, New Orleans Women's Health and … [Read more...]