The 2020 Leading Women’s Society is a component of the Positive Women’s Leadership Project, which provides resources, training, education, mentoring and support to increase the leadership capacity of HIV positive women to engage in community representation, prevention and support, policy and advocacy, and social change. The society is made up of HIV positive women who are nominated from within their communities, and who express a deep desire to become more active and vocal at a local, regional, and national level in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The society focuses primarily on mentoring up and coming advocates and providing leadership and training opportunities for HIV positive women throughout the country and globally. The overall goal of this program is to put a stronger face on the epidemic throughout the nation by engaging smart, beautiful, professionally poised and inspiring HIV+ women in leadership roles on the local, regional, and national level. In 2009, SisterLove initiated the society by honoring 20 HIV positive women from around the country who have been living positive for 20 years or more. Since that time, SLI has honored a total of 130 women, and most recently expanded the society to include women who are positive that have a desire to be leaders and have not been positive for 20 years. Today, the society has a membership from different walks of life, who all have a deep rooted desire to change the face of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Leaders serve in several different capacities including as prevention specialists, executive directors of community based organizations, as ministers in faith-based institutions, and as active advocates on Capitol Hill. One of our very first honored women was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), and continues to serve as the first HIV positive African-American woman appointed to the special committee. The diagram below gives a geographic overview of the current membership of 2020.
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