Empowering change: Melanated Movement and BWHI’s transformative partnership

AIDS United’s Melanated Movement and the My Sister’s Keeper initiative led by the Black Women’s Health Imperative have joined forces to redefine the narrative for Black women living with and vulnerable to HIV.

This exciting initiative, sponsored by ViiV Healthcare’s Risk to Reasons campaign and Merck Pharmaceuticals, is all about creating awareness, smashing stereotypes and ensuring that Black women live vibrant, stigma-free lives.

Melenated Movement’s curated content — featuring Black women who have diverse lived experiences, including advocates and health care professionals — aims to empower individuals to take charge of their health and well-being, break the chains of stigma and embrace their freedom without shame.

The partnership with the Black Women’s Health Imperative is set to make an even greater impact. And Melanated Movement is proud to support the My Sister’s Keeper cohorts for 2023-2024.

These cohorts — located at prestigious institutions like Morgan State University, Spelman College, Howard University, Southern University A & M College and the University of Texas at San Antonio — empower Black women aged 18 to 30 with leadership skills. They will use the ViiV Healthcare’s Risk to Reasons Toolkit to share their experiences and engage with their campuses, raising awareness about Black women’s role in HIV care.

This partnership is a significant step in rewriting the narrative surrounding Black women living with and vulnerable to HIV. By empowering the young women of the My Sister’s Keeper cohorts, we’re shaping the future of advocacy and leadership.

We invite everyone, regardless of age or background, to access the Risk to Reasons Activity Booklet. It’s a powerful tool that fosters a new culture of HIV awareness.

To stay connected and be part of the movement to end HIV stigma in the United States, follow the Melanated Movement- Black Women’s Health Imperative partnership on AIDS United’s social media platforms, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter/X and YouTube.

Join us in making a difference and creating a brighter future where Black women, regardless of their HIV status, can live free from shame, embrace their bodily autonomy and define their own stories.

Your support matters, and together, we can make a significant impact.