(Wo)manifestos for Positive Women

A participatory photography project with women from the BAME community who are living with HIV.

Project Summary:
A participatory photography project with women the BAME communities who are living with HIV.


Project Location:

Becky Warnock



Project description:
NAZ is a sexual health charity and the ‘1000women’ initiative provides support to help improve the mental and sexual health of the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) community. Through peer to peer mentoring, Lesbian and Bi-sexual woman and women living with HIV can safely support one another.

PhotoVoice ran a four week programme with a group of women from the 1000women initiative. Workshops and activities explored themes such as gender, power, race, community and communication.

The issue:
In 2015, a total of 6,095 people were diagnosed with HIV in the UK and 45% of people accessing HIV care are from BAME communities. Despite these statistics, the BAME community does not receive the resources and attention that it needs from policy-makers, decision-makers and funders. The PhotoVoice workshops provided a space for participants to campaign for better support and address HIV-related stigma.

Project Aims 

    • To build self-confidence, self-worth and reduce isolation in beneficiary women
    • To enable participants to process and share their experiences and improve their future safeguarding.
    • To provide insight into the women’s experiences to professionals working for Naz and wider sector support services.
    • To add to service and communications tools for professionals in Naz and the wider sector.

During four week workshop-based structure, participants created their own photographic and narrative based work and produced a portfolio of images, with accompanying captions which were used as case studies and campaigning materials for NAZ.

Header Image: © Red Woman 2017 | PhotoVoice | Naz | (Wo)manifestos for Positive Women | UK

“The pressure of negative vibes can be crushing. This weighs us down and creates self stigma.”

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