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.  




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News at Positive Women

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

Positive News April 2014Latest Newsletter
In the April issue of Positive News read about PWI presenting papers dolls to Parliament on the eve of International Women's Day calling for access to female condoms and the new HIV gene therapy. Click here to read all that and more.



The "30" HIV AIDS Exhibition at the Film Archive Opens on Tuesday 15 April, 6:30pm in Wellington
"30" is the second moving image exhibition by 2014 Film Archive Curator-at-Large, Gareth Watkins. "30" reflects on HIV AIDS in New Zealand. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first death of a person in New Zealand with an AIDS related illness. The exhibition highlights the early years of HIV AIDS, explores changing community attitudes and responses, and acknowledges those that have past. Read more here

When: Exhibition runs from 16 April - 14 June 2014
Where: The Film Archive, Wellington
Time: Open from 9:30am
Ticket Price: Free admission - showing continuously during open hours

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.

APN+ Living Longer with HIV Study on-line Survey
APN+, the network of PLHIV living in the Asia Pacific region, is conducting social research called the Living Longer with HIV Study (LLS). They have put out a call for positive people living in New Zealand to complete the anonymous online survey. If you are a person who is:

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • Living with HIV for 10 or more years;
  • Born and live in Asia and the Pacific region;

Then we would encourage you to complete the online survey, which should take approximately 15-20 minutes. Deadline is the end of February. Please go to the APN+ website www.apnplus.org/main/

Prestigious Award for Female Condom Programme

Congratulations to the Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme (UAFC) who have won the Public-Private-Partnership Award in Holland which celebrates successful partnerships between the Dutch government and organisations. More info here.

Positive Women Inc Secures Large Grant from the M.A.C AIDS Fund
Just in time for World AIDS Day this Sunday December 1st, Positive Women Inc. has been granted $93,000 from the M·A·C AIDS Fund for their work supporting women and families living with HIV and AIDS in New Zealand. Read the full press release here

All We Want for Christmas Is Access to Female Condoms
Sunday December 1st marks World AIDS Day where people worldwide unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died. This year Positive Women Inc. is bringing attention to the female condom and the Paper Doll Campaign calling for the government to make the female condom available and subsidised in New Zealand. Read the full press release here 

The Woman Who Eats Weeds
Friend of PWI, Julia Sich, is the star of the short video "The Women Who Eats Weeds". Check it out here

Yay for Jacob
Article on friend of PWI, Jacob Feenstra. He talks about coming out about his HIV positive status. He is training for the Auckland Half Marathon as part of the NZAF's "Running For Zero" team. Check out the article here

International Women's Day
In a message from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, he says ending violence against women is critical to ending AIDS.  Read the full press release here

Resource Guide on Family Health
Actionable Ways to Improve Your Family's Health is a seven-part resource guide on family health, which includes tips on nutrition, exercise, general health insurance, and even personal hygiene instruction. It is an interesting and informative resource, and although it is American focused, it certainly can prove useful in helping parents establish healthy lifestyle habits for themselves and their children. Check it out online here.

Helen Clark's Interview on Violence Against Women
Former Prime Minster and current UNDP Administrator Helen Clark speaks on violence against women for "One Billion Rising" ahead of International Women's Day on Friday March 8th. Go here to view the short video.

Women Out Loud
In a new report, entitled Women Out Loud, UNAIDS explores the impact of HIV on women and the instrumental role women living with the virus are playing to end AIDS. It includes the latest data and commentary from some of the leading advocates on women and HIV. Jane Bruning, our National Coordinator, co-authored the first chapter. Check it out here.

Updated World Vision Resource Includes PWI's Digital Stories
Our 2010 Digital Stories have been included as New Zealand case studies in the updated version of World Vision's Geography NCEA level 2 resource, Facing the Global Challenge. To find out more, visit the World Vision education store here.

Believe It. Do It. The New UNIADS campaign
Activists, mothers, people living with HIV, celebrities and other world citizens join hands around a global plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive. Read about UNAIDS' new campaign here and watch a short video about it here

SOPHIE'S WORLD - Journeys of the Lost Soul (Book)
A mother's nightmare turns into an inspiring message to the world: Explore the poignant and tear-jerking episode of Sophie's World as it illustrate the heart-wrenching trials and tribulations of a pregnant woman who had been told that she had only five years to live. Find out the kinds of compromises she had to endure in order to continue on with her life, despite all those long periods of travail and agony. See how the unwavering strength and endurance of a woman can surpass even the most unimaginable tragedies. An eye-opening reading experience. This core-shaking book will definitely make you appreciate life all over again.
For more information click here.
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