March 9th is the inaugural National Day of Women Living with HIV Australia. To mark the occasion, all women living with HIV in Australia are invited to host a morning tea in their homes or workplaces in an effort to connect with other women living with HIV (WLHIV) in their area.
Organised by the National Network of Women Living with HIV (Femfatales), the morning tea will also act as a fundraiser with all donations to be used to address removing stigma, isolation and fear; and to provide a safe place for all women living with HIV in Australia to be supported and nurtured.
"We want to inspire, support, advocate, and give WLHIV the platform to step up and be heard," said Femfatale co-chair, Dianne Nyoni. "Women often go underground after diagnosis and hide in fear of being labelled, judged and stigmatised. Acknowledging that there are WLHIV will, hopefully, encourage women to test, understand that they are at risk and normalise the fact that this is a virus that impacts on all women in Australia."