Red State: Louisiana
Focus: Women’s Rights
Created by and for women of color, WWAV is a social justice non-profit that addresses issues faced by women within our community and region. Major areas of focus include Sex Worker Rights, Drug Policy Reform, HIV Positive Women’s Advocacy, and Reproductive Justice outreach.
I knew I wanted to find a women’s rights organization in Louisiana after reading an article from late November in which a female state legislator had to point out that it’s offensive to have boob and vagina joke cakes (with accompanying Ron Burgundy level comments) in the break room at the State House (go figure). I was overjoyed to find one as focused as Women With a Vision. This is just one organization in Louisiana whose core work addresses so many of the issues I’m highlighting this month:
- Women’s Health Education, Promotion & Advocacy
- Harm Reduction, Overdose Prevention & Drug Policy Reform
- HIV/AIDS & STI Prevention & Education
- Gender-Based Violence Prevention
- Sex Worker Advocacy
- LGBTQ Advocacy
- Civic Engagement
And of course the biggest drive behind this project was my belief that true change can come from within communities, the best solutions from people who have borne witness to problems firsthand. WWAV does all that and reading the vision, goodness, isn’t this what we all want:
We envision an environment in which there is no war against women’s bodies, in which women have spaces to come together and share their stories, in which women are empowered to make decisions concerning their own bodies and lives, and in which women have the necessary support to realize their hopes, dreams, and full potential.