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.
Positive Women Inc. marched in the 2015 Auckland Pride Parade
On Saturday 21st of February, a merry band of 20 ladies came together to represent PWI at the Pride Parade. The overall theme of the parade was Gods and Monsters so we dressed accordingly - the monsters representing stigma and discrimination, the Goddesses representing the sentiments of love, hope, solidarity, acceptance, community, dignity, respect, peace, unity, support, harmony, and empathy. We marched in solidarity and support of the LGBTQIA community as well as supporting women living with HIV. It was a wonderful event - joyous and uplifting. Check out our photo gallery of the event here
February 2015 Issue of Positive News
Read about our Pride Parade entry, a new Yoga course on offer and some significant achievements of two of the hardest working individuals in the HIV community. All that and more here.
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.
on, 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
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.