The Women Rising Project (WRP) is a program for women with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas. The Project is dedicated to strengthening HIV-positive women through programs and activities that provide HIV education, connection, support, advocacy, and leadership opportunities.
Through our programs and activities, the Project addresses the unique health education and support needs of women with HIV and AIDS:
- Get Lifted support group
- The Hummingbird Circle (a Healthy Relationships Program)
- social support activities throughout the year
- Rising Star University (a peer-based treatment education and skills-building program)
- Raise Our Voices advocacy group and “Together We Rise” (an anti-stigma performance)
- Rising Times newsletter
The Women Rising Project was founded in 1995 by Project Director Sylvia López and Mary Moreno, an HIV+ Latina activist, in response to the crippling isolation that results from stigma. By providing women with a nurturing place to seek support, the Project builds women’s knowledge, skills and confidence. Women Rising members learn to become their own best advocates with medical and other service providers and effect change in their lives and in their community. Through the Project, women also strengthen their self-efficacy skills, strive for their potential, become role models for each other, build healthy social networks, and serve as what one member describes as the “visible voice” of HIV-positive women.
For more information, contact Sylvia López, at 512-406-6150. Visit the WRP webpage at www.womenrisingproject.org.
Read about the experiences of some of the Women Rising Project members: