Positive Women’s Network
Located in South Africa - Founded in 1996 - IDEX partner since 2005
PWN combats stigma around HIV/AIDS by encouraging HIV-positive women to “come out” and creating support groups to address discrimination.
PWN works in the townships outside of Johannesburg, South Africa with HIV-positive women and their families. PWN combats stigma by encouraging HIV-positive women to “come out” and create support groups to address discrimination and access treatment and other resources.
Highlights of PWN’s core activity include outreach on accurate information about HIV/AIDS, grief counseling, treatment literacy for women to learn the basics of Anti-Retroviral Treatment, nutrition, and prevention of disease transmission (especially mother-to-child transmission).
Related training topics include home and community-based palliative care, strategies for supporting orphaned and vulnerable children, counseling resources, and women’s rights and resources pertaining to domestic abuse and rape. It also operates a “train-the-trainers” program where women are trained to form new support groups.
Over 1,000 women have participated in workshops since PWN was founded.
Read more about what PWN does on our IDEX blog!
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