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People Living With HIV: A Year of Empowerment

November 15, 2016


Naina Khanna

Naina Khanna

Positive Women's Network - USA (PWN-USA)

PWN-USA's SPEAK UP! National Leadership Summit for Women Living With HIV was just a fierce space of both collective healing and liberation. Spending three and a half days in a space that was entirely owned and driven by women living with HIV -- where the majority of the presenters were women living with HIV and all the activities were defined by women living with HIV -- in order to build our own community's capacity for leadership, was tremendously powerful.

One of the many groundbreaking conversations at the Summit happened around a plenary session entitled "Towards Trans-Centered Reproductive Justice." It was incredibly eye opening and expanded the conversation on what reproductive justice truly means and how women who are not of trans experience can be better allies and advocate in solidarity with folks in our community who are of trans experience. The three panelists shared very personal stories but also gave us clear direction about what strengthening our advocacy would look like.

Credit: Positive Women's Network - USA.

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