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Silvia Petretti
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Positive Women Fashion Show and Party - community building with Act Up & PosUK
Posted on: January 3 2018, 04:45 pm

Dear Friends and fellow activists,

I am extremely excited to share with you a calendar of activities to create the first ever Positive Women Fashion Show and Party, an exciting collaboration between Act Up Women and Positively UK Women's Project.

This is a series of workshops to create a Fashion Show/Performance for an event for International Women's Day 8th March 2018.

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 outfits and  role in the performances. Women with HIV will be at the centre and leadership of the planning,  but , 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 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 345 City Road, London EC1V , 1 LR with the support of ACT UP Women who will provide refreshments, travel expenses and their expertise as artists and activists. A creche will be available.

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 outfits and/or  develop their role in the performances. Women with HIV will be at the centre and leadership of the planning,  but , if they are not open about their status,  they will also have the option of having someone else walk the catwalk on their behalf, or create a mask/disguise.  Women with HIV can 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 :

Wednesday 10th January – women’s room –-  taster  workshop session from 5-8 pm
Thursday 18th January 6-8pm planning workshop
Saturday 27th January Screening   of How to Survive a Plague with Q&A  and Leadership Skills Workshop for women with HIV 12-5pm lead by Angelina and Laura

Further dates will be added for February.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you want to come to the workshops, or if you have any questions: Spetretti@positivelyuk.org

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