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Advocacy

Positive Women advocates with, and on behalf of, women living with HIV. Some of the big issues we address are gender equity, discrimination, stigma and women’s access to healthcare. We advocate for the rights of individual women and the rights of all women living with HIV to lead full and healthy lives free of discrimination and stigma. We contribute to research and participate in conferences and forums to ensure that women living with HIV have an active and participatory role in the development of effective and inclusive policies and practices that affect them. Our advocacy is based on the experience of our members who are from diverse backgrounds and our collaborative work with our many partners. Examples of advocacy pieces are below. 

Submission to the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy

Positive Women's 2016 International Women's Day speech presented by Alison Boughey, Executive Officer

Submission to Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence a joint contribution from Positive Women Victoria, Living Positive Victoria, Straight Arrows and the Victorian AIDS Council

Submission to Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence a joint contribution from WHV, WHAV and Positive Women Victoria               

How can we set targets without evidence? Achieving recognition for all women living with HIV in Australia by Alison Boughey, Autumn Pierce and Michelle Wesley, published in HIV Australia Volume 13, No. 1 2015

Women and HIV: the impacts of stigma and discrimination by Rachel Lennon and Dawn Wilcock published in HIV Australia Volume 7, No. 3 2009