On October 21st, SisterLove, Inc hosted its 13th Annual 20/20 Leading Women's Society Awards Gala and Institute in Atlanta.
The Gala honored new inductees who live with HIV and act as community leaders, advocates against HIV stigma, and community educators.
Thanks to support from event guests and our Atlanta community, we were able to raise over $12,000 for our work with women living with HIV.
We were honored to have Audrey Washington and Justin Carter from Atlanta’s WSB-TV Channel 2 as hosts, as well as local Atlanta celebrity Le'Dor Milteer.
Georgia District 52 State Representative Shea Roberts also joined to show her support for the Atlanta community, along with several other prominent business leaders, community activists, and public health professionals.
We also awarded the Pandora Singleton Ally Award to Dr. Tonia Poteat, a clinician and social scientist with more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and ten years of community-engaged research with deep roots in HIV activism, education, and patient care.
The event featured lively music from Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground, our breast cancer awareness initiative, the NANA Project, partner.
The night was rounded out by powerful remarks from SisterLove, Inc. Founder and President Dàzon Dixon Diallo.
She spoke of the importance of solidarity as a strategy for challenging the stigma experienced by women living with HIV.
She also highlighted the intersectional challenges to expanding sexual and reproductive healthcare access to underserved communities and SisterLove's work to remedy this through it's programmatic efforts, such as our no-cost at-home HIV self-testing program in partnership with the Center's for Disease Control.
Dàzon also emphasized SisterLove's new mobile health unit, the Healthy Love Bus, slated to hit the road on December 1st in commemoration of World AIDS Day.
The second day focused on the Leading Women's Society Institute, which saw members of the Society join peer-led workshops on the importance of self-care, entrepreneurship, advocacy, and community building.
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