The National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) is the peak national HIV peer-based organisation representing all people living with HIV in Australia. The NAPWHA National Network of Women Living with HIV (known as Femfatales) strongly support the NAPWHA Strategic Plan 2017-2021. In fulfilling its national leadership and advocacy role, Femfatales share the vision, mission and principles in the current NAPWHA 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, of which the Network were active participants.
As a National Women's Network we are highly committed to the principles of the Meaningful Involvement of PLHIV (MIPA), the Greater Involvement of PLHIV (GIPA), the Meaningful Involvement of Women with HIV (MIWA), the NAPWHA Declaration of Rights for PLHIV /AIDS, and the UNESCO Strategy for HIV/AIDS.
Femfatales as a national network are committed to working with all women and girls living with HIV, together with governments and like-minded others who support women having a central role in the Australian HIV response. Femfatales through its extensive collaborative and advisory networks provide a platform that ensures the diverse and relevant issues for women living with HIV are represented and inclusively considered in all national policy and advocacy work.
We strongly aspire to building and maintaining collaborative partnerships based on mutual respect, integrity and inclusivity that will empower and celebrate the voices of positive women within society. In Australia women represent approximately 10 percent of people living with HIV and make a valuable and essential contribution. We acknowledge and respect that women living with HIV (WLHIV) are numerically marginalised and geographically diverse.
Through our Network’s national role we aim:
- To improve the overall health, wellbeing and quality of life for women living with HIV (WLHIV) and their families
- To nurture and enable (WLHIV) to make positive lifestyle choices in areas such as but not limited to the right to work, study, travel, have children or not, and that these choices are not determined by their HIV status alone
- To represent and demonstrate the immense value and positive impact of peer networking
- To celebrate, advocate, inspire and empower all WLHIV