Updated: Jul 18, 2018
Oldest Nonprofit HIV/AIDS Advocate for Women of Color in Georgia Hosts (Atlanta, Ga.)
In honor of National Women’s and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, SisterLove, Inc., Georgia’s oldest nonprofit centered around the advocacy needs of women affected with HIV and AIDS, will host a public screening and panel discussion for the film, “Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS”. The film screening will take place on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta, Georgia and is open to the public with no cost for admission, however an RSVP is required at sisterlove.org. The film, “Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS” is the first and only documentary telling the story of the inspiring women at the forefront of the global AIDS movement. Combining archival footage and interviews with female activists, scientists and scholars in the US and Africa, the film reveals how women not only shaped grassroots groups like ACT-UP in the U.S., but have also played essential roles in HIV prevention and the treatment access movement throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The film explores the unaddressed dynamics that keep women around the world at risk of HIV, while introducing the remarkable women who feel they have the answers to ending this 30-year old pandemic. “Despite medical advancements, greater public awareness, and evidence based research showing near normal life expectancy for those living with HIV if early diagnosis and medical attention are sought, African American women are disproportionately impacted by the disease both locally and across the globe”, said interim executive director of SisterLove, Inc., Lisa Diane White. “ more SisterLove, Inc. 3709 Bakers Ferry Road, SW Atlanta, Georgia 30331
“The resounding message of Nothing Without Us is a shared message that SisterLove, Inc. has embraced since its inception. It’s an honor to host the film’s introduction and panel discussion here in Atlanta.” White went on to point out that two of the women featured in the film are former recipients of SisterLove’s Annual 2020 Awards—an honor bestowed on women from across the country that have lived with HIV for more than 20 years and served as vocal and positive leaders championing the cause. The film, directed by Harriet Hirshorn, will be the centerpiece for a panel discussion immediately following the screening. The discussion will be led by SisterLove Inc.’s Carly Calhoun, JD; Law and Policy Analyst and will feature Afrika McCladdie, Jennifer Barnes- Balenciaga and Antoinette Jones as panelists. SisterLove, Inc., is the oldest women-centered HIV and sexual/ reproductive health organization in the Southeastern United States. It was founded in 1989 to address HIV-related education, prevention and research, and to support the rights of reproductive justice for women and girls. Sister Love’s mission is to eradicate the impact of HIV as well as sexual and reproductive oppressions upon all women and their communities in the US and globally. SisterLove, Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with a satellite office in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. National Women’s And Girl’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWAGHAA) is recognized every year on March 10—and throughout the month of March—local, state, federal, and national organizations come together to show support for women and girls impacted by HIV and AIDS. This year marks the 13th annual observance.