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ICW Global Speak Up
 

31 January 2017

Nothing For Us Without Us

   

ICW calls for acts of solidarity and acts of kindness

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) launches its call to engage the world in acts of kindness and solidarity with women living with HIV during the 5th annual LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN: Romance Starts at Home campaign which occurs between February 1 – 14th. All are welcome to participate and make change!

In 2016 there were over 107 different projects celebrating women living with HIV around the world. It is expected that Love Positive Women will continue to grow in 2017, there are a number of amazing activities planned thus far including a reality TV show by young women living with HIV in Aizawl, India, card making by artists and activists in New York City, and dance parties planned in Vancouver, Canada and Tucson in the United States.

Love Positive Women will engage over 100,000 women living with HIV and allies in actions over the 14 days to raise awareness that women living with HIV are feeling the impacts of stigma in all regions of the world. Jointly voices are raised and people are made to feel important loved and special.

“It’s my favorite holiday of the year,” exclaimed one ICW member.

“Love Positive Women is a feel good holiday. The amount of kindness shared within our community during the holidays has been incredible. It’s so inspiring,” said Jessica Whitbread, ICW Community Relations and Mobilization Manager. “The small gestures that people do are huge for many of us.”

Love Positive Women is a project that uses social media to link local grassroots gestures of love. Using Valentine’s Day as a backdrop, LPW creates a platform for individuals and communities to engage in public and private acts of love and caring for women living with HIV.

Going beyond romantic love to deep community love, self-care and social justice, LPW is call to action. LPW is a response to the lack of attention and support and to make commitments. It requires participants to spend time reflecting about how they as either a woman living with HIV or an ally will commit to loving women living with HIV. Through action, change can be made to fueling economies of love and compassion.

Working from a place of strength, LPW focuses on the idea of interconnectedness, relationship building, loving oneself and loving ones community. By starting from a place of love, within oneself there are endless ways that the negative impacts that HIV has on women living with HIV can be lessened.

While LPW is active primarily between February 1st – 14th, its reminisce remains as a symbol of how the world can be different.

“LPW is very important for me because I can give awareness and find a chance to talk about the needs of young women and the issue. Last year we were on a TV show talking about Love Positive Women and the needs of young women in India. We got donations for homeless positive women.” Said CZ Ralte a young ICW member from Aizawl, India. “This year we are planning to have a surprise gift show, we got some donation for positive women again. We’ll post it on the Facebook page for everyone to see.”

Please follow the LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN and International Community of Women Living with HIV Facebook pages to keep up to date and watch the love flow between February 1 -14th.

Eurasian women in a past LPW event

The Call:

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone felt loved this Valentines Day? Even the people that we didn’t know? This is why the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) created LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN: Romance Starts at Home!

This annual project is as a way for each of us to express and show how a) we as women living with HIV are going to practice self-love, support and care and b) are allies will love us this Valentines Day.

We ask that individuals and/or organizations create an ICW event for one or a thousand and publicly declare how you will LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN. If you’re stuck for ideas here are some:

  • Make a public statement on your website, Facebook page, twitter or blog.
  • Host a valentines making arts and crafts event at your home or in your local women’s center/AIDS service organization and send them to groups of women living with HIV.
  • Host a potluck dinner or a movie night for positive women.
  • Create a workshop in your community focused on women living with HIV.
  • Have your own special two weeks of self-care and plan a nice activity for each day.
  • Record a video message declaring your love for positive women and put it on the Facebook Page!
  • Bake cupcakes and take them to your local AIDS service organization.
  • Make a donation to ICW!

As you can see the sky is the limit! You can do anything, and we encourage everyone to participate.

We are using Facebook as a tool to keep you up to date on any local events that are happening around the world to celebrate the lives of women living with HIV.

Once you have decided on your event take a photo and post it on the Facebook group.https://www.facebook.com/LOVEPOSITIVEWOMEN

For more information contact:

Jessica Whitbread

Community Relations & Mobilization Manager, ICW

Email: communityrelations@iamicw.org

Phone/Whatsapp: +416 875 0359

Website: www.iamicw.org

 

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