LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN (LPW) happens each year between February 1st–14th. It is a global project, conceptualized in 2012, raising awareness about women and girls living with HIV. Using Valentine’s Day as a backdrop, Love Positive Women seeks to create a platform for individuals and communities to engage in public and private acts of love and caring for women living with HIV. Given that this event also happens during Black History Month – and globally and locally, anti-Black racism means that HIV disproportionately impacts Black women – this event seeks to explore the intersections of Love Positive Women and Black History Month. We are looking to explore how we – as women living with HIV and allies – commit to addressing anti-Black racism, misogynoir and loving women living with and affected by HIV through radical acts of collective community care and social justice.
We cannot do this work without acknowledging the bold and incredible leadership of Black women who have historically led the fight against HIV globally and locally, and continue to do so today – not only responding to HIV, but also at the front of the fight against this new pandemic, COVID-19.
Register to participate and find more great LPW and Black History Month virtual events at whai.ca/whai_events/