A Catwalk for Power, Resistance and Hope

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 in Women living with HIV

A Catwalk for Power, Resilience and Hope: Positive Women’s Fashion Show


We are extremely excited to announce a collaboration between Act Up Women and the Women’s Room – Positively UK’s peer lead support group for women with HIV to organise an event for International Women’s Day 2018. We are planning to create a Positive Women Fashion Show and Party.

The aim of the event is to increase awareness of how HIV affects women in the UK, and to create an opportunity to portray women with HIV as strong, creative and resilient, and not as ‘victims’; it will educate and entertain, offer a platform to celebrate the collective and individual power of women with HIV, and highlight the essential role of women only peer lead space.

We will have a series of planning meetings and workshops for women to choose and design how the event will run, with music, spoken word and a ‘Catwalk for Power, Resistance and Hope’ Women with HIV will be at the centre and leadership of the planning, if they are not open about their status, they will also have the option of having someone else walk on their behalf, or create a mask/disguise. Women with HIV can also contribute by working behind the scenes with other organisational/creative roles.

The Positive Women Fashion Show planning workshops will be held at Positively UK with the support of ACT UP Women who will provide refreshments, travel expenses and their expertise as artists and activists – a crèche will also be available on the day.

This event is for all women with HIV in our diversity, and our allies: some of us have been positive for a long time; others are recently diagnosed. We have different desires, different pasts and futures, different ways of being sexual.

We are married, single, cohabiting, mothers, daughters, heterosexual, bisexual, trans and queer.

We are at different ages and stages in our lives; we are different races and different classes and come from different parts of the world.

Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday 10 January — Women’s Room taster workshop session Beading and storytelling, from 5pm to 8pm
  • Thursday 18 January — 6pm to 8pm planning workshop
  • Saturday 27 January — Screening of At Up New York film: How to Survive a Plague with Q&A and Leadership Skills Workshop for women with HIV 12pm to 5pm lead by Angelina Namiba and Laura
  • Thursday 08 February — Poetry for Activism workshop with Dorothea Smartt 5pm to 8pm
  • Thursday 22 February — 6pm to 8pm planning workshop
  • Sunday 04 March — Dress Rehearsal 12pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday 07 March — Positive Women Fashion Show and Fabulous Party (Venue TBC)

Please contact speretti@positivelyuk.org for more information