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Womens world aids day

December 1 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

HIV affects all genders and orientations, but affects women, both cis and trans disproportionately.

The proportion of women living with HIV is 51% of the global total.

Women comprise 59% of the adults living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Of the 2,351 transgender people who received an HIV diagnosis in the United States in 2017, Eighty-four percent were transgender women, 15% were transgender men, and  1% had other gender identities. A 2019 systematic review and meta-analysis found that an estimated 14% of transgender women have HIV. By race/ethnicity, 44% black/African American transgender women, 26% of Hispanic/Latina transgender women, and 7% white transgender women. Among the 3 million HIV testing events reported to CDC in 2017, the percentage of transgender people who received a new HIV diagnosis was 3 times the national average.


In Canada, the estimate of 16,880 females living with HIV represents 22.4% of the national total. An estimated 14% of people with HIV in Canada are unaware that they have HIV, nearly 10,000 people.

While all women are at risk for HIV infection, women who belong to marginalized populations face a number of inter-connecting determinants of health (racism, unemployment, homelessness, stigma and poverty), which adversely impacts their risk for HIV infection and accessing diagnosis, care, treatment and support. The diagnostic rate for males is 9.9 per 100,000 population For females it is 3.2 per 100,000 population, a direct reflection the patriarchal bias of healthcare and HIV support funding. Follow the money.

Cultural Support by TSow Tun Le Lum

Emotional Support by Spectra Consulting

Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI) builds on Indigenous traditions of data gathering and knowledge transfer to create, disseminate, and put into action research on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people. SBI is committed to:

Conducting, supporting, and mobilizing culturally-informed and community-engaged research on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people

Uplifting Indigenous researchers, knowledge keepers, and data visualists in their work to research and disseminate data on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people

Empowering Indigenous communities and nations to continue their work to end gender and sexual violence against Indigenous people, through data-driven partnerships that enhance research efforts, develop best practices, and transform data to action to protect and heal their peoples.

SBI is a home for generating new knowledge and understandings of how Indigenous nations and communities are impacted by gender and sexual violence, and how they may continue to work towards healing and freedom from such violence. In the spirit of building such freedom, SBI is strongly committed to upholding the sovereignty of all bodies Indigenous peoples hold sacred–our physical bodies, nations, land, and water–and does not accept grants from colonial governments or extractive industries. Similarly, SBI’s work is not limited by colonial borders, concepts of gender, politics of identity or recognition, or ways of knowing. SBI honors the epistemologies and lifeways of indigenous peoples, and is bound by accountability to the land, our ancestors, and each other. SBI is an Affiliate of Seventh Generation Fund, a non-profit at the forefront of Indigenous leadership for 40 years. (from their website


December 1
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


0_CHI Our Community Health Initiative
888 241 9992


Grove of Souls – Bastion Square
1219 -1/2 Langley St
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W2 Canada
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888 241 9992
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