Save the Date! 4/1 “The House I Live In” Film Screening

Charlotte Street Films, Women With A Vision and the Host Committee for New Directions-New Orleans invite you to a screening of the award winning documentary, The House I Live In. When: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Time: 6:30pm Cocktail and networking reception; 7:00pm film screening and panel discussion. Place: Ashe Cultural Arts Center - 1712 Oretha C Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA … [Read more...]

Save the Date! 4/2 “New Directions in Drug Policy” Conference

On April 2nd, WWAV, VOTE, LPHI & the Drug Policy Alliance are hard at work planning our "New Directions, New Orleans: Toward a Health-Based Approach to Drug Policy" Summit at Dillard University! More information to be released soon!!! … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Office on Violence Against Women Supports Launch of a New WWAV Program on Domestic Violence

WWAV is thrilled to announce that, with the support of the Office on Violence Against Women, 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.  Through this program, we will raise awareness and address stigma surrounding violence against African American women, provide twice monthly … [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...]

WWAV Shines a Spotlight on Overdoses in New Orleans, Calls for 911 Good Samaritan Laws

Saturday, August 31, 2013 is International Overdose Awareness Day, and Women With A Vision will be participating in a day of community outreach to raise awareness about the reality of overdoses in New Orleans and across the nation. At 3:00 p.m. WWAV will be tabling under the Claiborne Avenue overpass at Claiborne and Esplanade Avenues, offering education materials on overdose and harm reduction, … [Read more...]

August 1st – A Safe Space for Black Women Survivors

On Thursday August 1st, WWAV continues our summer Community Voices Project series with "When Violence Hits Home: A Safe Space for Black Women Survivors."  If you are a black woman who has survived or is currently experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or other forms of harassment, this is a safe space for you to share your story and get support. Refreshments, childcare and … [Read more...]

July 25th – WWAV is Holding Space with Formerly Incarcerated Women

This Thursday WWAV is launching our Community Voices Project with Never Going Back, a safe space for women who have been to jail or prison to talk about their experiences and share their stories. Whether you've spent a night in jail or years in prison, we know that the criminal justice system has taken its toll on you and your family. This is an evening for you! For more than twenty years, WWAV … [Read more...]

WWAV Launches the Community Voices Project

The women and LGBTQ people that WWAV supports continue to bear the scars of the war on drugs, mass incarceration, systemic poverty, HIV/AIDS and domestic violence. This summer, WWAV is bringing together community members to discuss the social justice and structural health issues that affect women and the LGBTQ community in the city most. Download a copy of the flyer here. July 25th: Never … [Read more...]