LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN: Romance Starts at Home! (LPW) is a project that uses social media to link local grassroots gestures of love. Using Valentines Day as a backdrop, LPW creates a platform for individuals and communities to engage in public and private acts of love and caring for women living with HIV. Going beyond romantic love to deep community love and social justice, LPW is call to action. It requires participants to reflect on how they as either a woman living with HIV or an ally will commit to loving women living with HIV and then do it. Through action, change can be made to fueling economies of love and compassion. Working from a place of strength, LPW focuses on the idea of interconnectedness, relationship building, loving oneself and loving ones community. By starting from a place of love, within oneself there are endless ways that the negative impacts that HIV has on women living with HIV can be lessened.
While LPW is active primarily between February 1st – 14th, its reminisce remains as a symbol of how the world can be different.
Love Positive Women poster by Amy Louis
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone felt loved this Valentines Day? Even the people that we didn’t know? This is why the International Community of Women Living with HIV North America is launching LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN: Romance Starts at Home! This initiative is as a way for each of us to express and show how a) we as women living with HIV are going to practice self-love, support and care and b) are allies will love us this Valentines Day.
We ask that you create an ICW event for one or a thousand and publically declare how you will LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN. If you’re stuck for ideas here are some:
Take a bubble bath
Plan a tea party in your home
Have a slowdance party (in your living room)
Take your favourite positive lady for dinner
Get volunteer hair dressers and make-up artists and have a glamour shots make over day
Write a sign and show your support
As you can see the sky is the limit! You can do anything, and we encourage everyone to participate.
Note: If you are interested in having an ICW event in your area and need support please or if you are a woman living with HIV in Canada or the United States and would like to join ICW North America contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit our website to find out more about ICW:
We are using Facebook as a tool to keep you up to date on any local events that are happen in North America to celebrate the lives of women living with HIV. Please feel free to post and show your LOVE!