Positive Women Inc. is a support organisation for Women and Families living with HIV and AIDS. We are also involved in HIV advocacy, awareness and destigmatisation.
Women represent the invisible face of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. These are women who lead the very usual life of the average woman. Women who run households, cook dinner, have jobs, raise families and have grandchildren. Often these women look after sick partners and keep everything together.
Thirty Exhibition Opens in Auckland
Go and see Thirty, a moving image exhibition based on the acclaimed Wellington exhibition, 30. 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the first death of a person in New Zealand with an AIDS related illness. This exhibition illuminates the early years of HIV AIDS, explores changing community attitudes and responses, and acknowledges those that have passed. The Auckland iteration includes footage produced by Positive Women Inc. over the years.
Where: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Rd, Auckland
When: 2 - 24 December 2014 and 14 January - 27 February 2015
Time: 11am - 5pm
Price: Free admission - showing continuously during open hours.
PWI's Dear Friend Bruce Kilmister Resigning as Executive Director of Body Positive
At the end of this year Bruce is stepping down from leading Body Positive after two decades of tireless work for People Living with HIV in New Zealand. All of us here at Positive Women Inc. are wish him well for this next stage of his life and he will be sorely missed. To Bruce Kilmister - a true gentleman warrior!
Welcome to the new Executive Director, Mark Fisher.
World AIDS Day street collection – Volunteers needed
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. Donating money is just one way to show support on World AIDS Day. But in order to collect donations, we need volunteers. You can get involved with the World AIDS Day street collection on Friday 28th November by donating a couple of hours or more of your time. Help support people living with HIV and their whanau, family and friends. We need volunteer collectors in major centres across the country — in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. Make a difference and show your support this World AIDS Day. Sign up as a volunteer here: www.nzaf.org.nz/participate/world-aids-day
PWI Presenting at a Health Committee Meeting on Subsidising Female Condoms
Our National Coordinator, Jane, is presenting at Parliament on Wednesday 5th November as part of a health committee meeting on subsidising the cost of female condoms. Read the NZ Herald article highlighting our stance here
October Issue of Positive News Is Out
Read all about the HIV Women's Seminar that was held at Te Papa in August and find out about adrenal fatigue. For all this and more, click here.
2014 HIV Women's Seminar
This year's seminar was well attended and well received. You can read the presentations from the day here.
Gardasil Vaccine is Now Free for People Living with Diagnosed HIV Aged Under 26
Check out the article here
We Did It! Female Condoms Finally Given the Stamp of Approval in NZ
Positive Women Inc. is very pleased to announce that Tony Ryall, Minister of Health has approved an amendment to the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977 to allow for the sale of female condoms within New Zealand. Read the full press release here
Article on Female Condoms making a Comeback
When an article about female condoms appears in the "Life & Style" section of a news site, you know it's inching closer to the mainstream and to acceptance! PWI was way ahead of the curve on this one. Click to read the article on stuff.co.nz here
Paper Dolls Presented to Parliament
On Friday 7th March, Positive Women Inc. presented 200+ paper dolls in support of bringing female condoms to New Zealand to Labour MP Carol Beaumont. The presentation was made on the steps of Parliament early in the morning. This presentation marks the culmination of our three year long Paper Doll campaign. Read the media coverage here.