Women With A Vision Inc. (WWAV) is a community-based, social justice non-profit that addresses issues faced by women within the community and New Orleans region. Created for-and-by women of color in 1989 (incorporated in 1991), WWAV originally focused on health promotion and community outreach, and has become New Orleans’ premiere women’s health organization combining services and advocacy. Focus areas include sex worker rights, drug policy reform, HIV criminalization, and reproductive justice.
WWAV has a more than twenty-year history of using a grassroots framework to transform policies that hinder women’s health, well-being, and economic self-sufficiency. WWAV knows that change must emerge from the community. When people come together and reflect on the issues that make them marginalized, they begin a first step to changing their relationship with the world. We work from that place – from that moment when a person sees that they are not what society has branded them – and we provide pathways for women to work to create the world they want to live in.
- Providing issue and education based training opportunities
- Providing advocacy opportunities
- Training peer leaders