Wednesday, March 16, 2011

State Budget Cuts Spell Crisis for Women With HIV

From Ms. Foundation for Women:

Budget Cuts Spell Crisis for Women with HIV

Women Alive Group Support SessionMs. Foundation Program Officer Ellen Liu writes about the growing challenges facing women-specific HIV/AIDS organizations.

A few weeks ago, the Washington State Department of Health decided to cut funding for the state's only women-specific HIV/AIDS education and support program -- a program run by Seattle-based BABES Network-YWCA, a longtime Ms. Foundation grantee.

BABES and other Ms. Foundation grantee organizations led by and for women with HIV/AIDS fear that this recent decision signals the start of a national trend to eliminate other "women-centered" HIV/AIDS support services. Budget constraints already forced another Ms. Foundation grantee, the Women's Lighthouse Project, a Denver-based organization that served HIV-positive women, to close its doors in November 2010, and other grantees such as Women Alive in Los Angeles, CA have seen critical components of their government funding disappear.

Support the Ms. Foundation and deliver critical funding to women-specific HIV/AIDS organizations and other trailblazing groups that advocate for women's health and well-being nationwide.

Read Ellen Liu's full commentary on the changing environment for women with HIV/AIDS.

Weekly Round-Up: Grantees Making Waves Nationwide

Grantee Round-Up - Immigration marchMs. Foundation's grantees have been fighting for reproductive justice, rights for public and excluded workers, the environment and more. This week, we highlight the following groups:

  • AIDS Alabama
  • Alabama Women's Resource Network
  • Babes Network-YWCA
  • Hollaback!
  • Institute for Policy Studies
  • Jobs with Justice
  • Legal Momentum
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
  • National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
  • National Coalition for Immigrant Women's Rights
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Service Women's Action Network
  • Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development
  • Wider Opportunities for Women
  • Women of Color Policy Network
  • Women's Voices for the Earth
  • Young Women United

Read the full round-up for updates about these social justice trailblazers and take action to support their campaigns.

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