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Empowering Women

1 Apr

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Presents

Positively Beautiful

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A Story about Five Strangers from South Africa who became activists despite stigma, fear and shame. Their story is one of a quiet victory over adversity and struggle. Positively Beautiful is a story about life, love, and friendship in the age of HIV.

When: April 14th 2015 – 5pm start
Where: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave S. Seattle WA 98144

Free tickets available through www.brownpapertickets.com Use code HVTU


2015 Stand Against Racism: Race & Health

When:   Friday, April 24
Where:  Town Hall Seattle 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Join the YWCA’s 5th annual Stand Against Racism community discussion, presented by the People of Color Executive Council.

This live program begins at noon with featured speaker Dr. Ivor Horn, followed by a panel discussion. Health information and resources will be available; light snacks will be served.

Stand Against Racism keynote speaker

Stand Against Racism is an annual campaign from YWCA USA to build community for those working toward racial justice, and to raise awareness about the negative impacts of racism. Visit www.StandAgainstRacism.org

To register, please email sar@ywcaworks.org.


Orca logoORCA LIFT GETS YOU WHERE YOU NEED TO GO. FOR LESS.

Now there’s a more affordable way to get to work, school, shopping, day care or basically anywhere else you need to go. ORCA LIFT is a new reduced transit fare program that helps you get more out of your transit system, while saving up to 50% or more.

Eligibility is based on household income and income verification is required.

Call BABES for more details, 206-720-5566, we can help you get your reduced fare ORCA Card.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

4 Mar

 

 

NWGHAAD 2015

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Time: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Where: Weintraub Building, Pelton Auditorium

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual observance to help raise awareness of the continuing need to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and shed light on the impact that HIV/AIDS has on women and girls. The event will feature a panel discussion with local women who have made a significant difference in the field of HIV. Representing the areas of policy, medicine, research, social services, and faith communities, panelists include:

  • The Reverend Mary Diggs-Hobson from AARTH
  • Dr. Lara Strick from the University of Washington and the Washington Department of Corrections
  • Dr. Connie Celum from the University of Washington
  • Dr. Kathy Brown from Group Health Cooperative
  • Nicole Price from BABES Network-YWCA

We hope to see you there!

Self-Care 2015

4 Feb

How are you managing stress?

For our Winter 2015 BABES Talking Newsletter, we interviewed BABES members to find out ways that they manage their stress.

We asked these questions:

1. What are some effective ways you have come up with to help you better manage stress in your life?

2. What are some fun and creative ways you care for yourself (dance, sing, play, paint, etc.)?

3. How easy is it for you to say no to requests from others?  When we are overwhelmed, learning to say “no” can help give you some needed time for yourself.  If saying “no” is hard for you, what barriers get in your way?  How can you overcome some of those barriers?

4. Do you have a spiritual practice?  If so, how does this help in managing your stress?

 


Here’s how Shelly manages her stress:

1. I often better manage my stress with meditation & yoga. I am also blessed to have a great support system.

2. I find most often that I find comfort in fresh brewed long cut teas…. I also find great comfort in star gazing. I also color…draw… sew, crochet & bake {not all at the same time}.

3. I am very  capable of saying “no”… I often find myself putting me last. I’ve learned to be aware when I over- extend myself to stand up and say so. It is a lot easier to say “no” than cancel or do less than I would be able to if I am not over-extended.

4. I am a Spiritual Person. I avoid secular Religions.  I have found that I do not fit in to conformity and set practices of one traditional faith. I have a mix of several things I do. My Higher Power has given the ability to see into myself.  To grow and reflect. To be open-minded to explore the unknown and to accept not knowing is sometimes the answer. For me, being Spiritual is being at peace inside with who I am; today I can say….. I am at peace. My life is richly blessed.

To read the full Winter 2015 newsletter, click here!


Picture1 Join us for our Annual One Day Self-Care Retreat!

(For HIV positive women only)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

10-4pm

YWCA

We will have some fun self-care activities, HIV education and more. Light breakfast will be served and a homemade catered lunch!

Please RSVP to reserve you spot 206-720-5566

2015 is going to be a great year!

29 Dec

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AIDS Action & Awareness Day
Thursday, January 29, 2015
8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m. in Olympia 
Register TODAY!

 

AIDS Action & Awareness Day (A3 Day) brings together people living with HIV/AIDS as well as providers, advocates and allies from all across the state for a day of action at our State Capitol. Help put a face to the issues that most affect people living with HIV/AIDS in Washington State: with state funding for HIV treatment and prevention services on the line, it is critical that your legislators hear from YOU.

In the words of a 2014 A3 Day participant: “It didn’t take long for me to see how much power my presence and voice can carry!

We hope you will join us in Olympia to Advocate for all people living with HIV in our State. Registration link click here!

Questions? Contact advocacy@llaa.org or (206) 957-1750


MassageSave the date for our Annual One Day Retreat!
Saturday, February 28th
10-4pm
YWCA

 

Mark your calendars for our annual self-care retreat for HIV+ women. We will offer a light breakfast, lunch, giveaways, HIV education and self-care strategies! Please RSVP to 206-720-5566 or email the_staff@babesnetwork.org

 

25 years of BABES and we are still here!

4 Dec

tina

 

It was New Year’s Eve, 1991, when a doctor told me I had HIV. I went back to the shelter where I lived and while everyone around me celebrated, I cried myself to sleep. The women of BABES became my family. Through all the steps I’ve taken, they have been there for me. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them.

 -Tina

 

 

 

 

Dear Supporters,

Every day, your support of BABES Network—YWCA is changing lives like Tina’s.

Whether a woman is newly diagnosed and feels like she has nowhere to turn, or she’s been living with HIV for many years and can thrive with a strong network – you’ve been there by her side.

I asked Tina what your generosity means to her – and I want to share what she told me:

Your support means the world to people who live with this – you give us a place to go, a sisterhood. You help people realize that they can live a long time with this disease. We may not be in the news every day, but there are a lot of us. Don’t forget about us, we’re still here.

Thanks to you, for 25 years BABES has been giving women living with HIV a place to turn for support. This year, in honor of BABES’ 25th anniversary, will you make a gift of $25 or more?

 

Thank you for keeping BABES in your thoughts this holiday season.

Warmest wishes,

Nicole Price BABES Network—YWCA Program Manager

P.S. Your gift will make a real difference for a woman living with HIV/AIDS! $25 gives five HIV-positive women the chance to heal from domestic violence, drug addiction and mental illness through a peer-led support group.

To donate click here!