An Empowerment Forum for Women Living with HIV
Robin Lennon-Dearing, PhD; MSW Frances Harper, MSW

The Women’s Empowerment Forum is a one-day educational event for women living with HIV to receive information and encouragement to be proactive in their self-care, in a safe, affirmative atmosphere where they are able to make connections with other women living with HIV. Relational Cultural Theory is used to explain how a gathering of HIV positive women can be a source of hope and empowerment. The essential elements to growth-fostering relationships, mutual empathy and authenticity, are able to flourish at the Women’s Empowerment Forum. The planning, implementation and evaluation method successfully used by one group of women is offered.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jssw.v4n2a10