BABES Network-YWCA Presents: Positive Dreams â Weaving Stories of Our Sisterhood
Positive Dreams is BABESâ follow-up project to their highly acclaimed performance of The New Threat to Humanityâ¦The Lack There of! presented at the Live Girls! Theater in Ballard in 2005. Both shows were the product of a Theater for Development workshop process facilitated by Caroline Brown of Providence, RI. Caroline is the co-director of Emergence Collaborative, a theater-based Production Company that uses performance as a communication tool for fostering community and breaking down barriers in our society.
Theater for Development (TfD) is a social development practice that uses performance as a tool to help individuals and groups express themselves to the community with the intent of social advocacy. It is recognized internationally as a strong tool for participatory development with sustainable results, as it offers a practical and theoretical exploration of the ways in which the arts can be used by communities to create powerful social transformations on their own terms.
BABES Network -YWCA is a peer-based program, a sisterhood of women facing HIV together. BABES was started by a diverse group of HIV positive women who came together to share information, experiences and support. Founded on the concept that HIV+ women are uniquely qualified to understand and encourage one another, BABES has been building community among women from all walks of life who are facing HIV and AIDS since 1989. BABES reduces isolation, promotes self-empowerment, enhances quality of life and serves the needs of women facing HIV and their families through peer support, advocacy, education and outreach. BABES offers a women-centered environment and assures confidentiality. Recognizing that the HIV infection rate is growing among women and girls, BABES expanded its mission in 2006 to include outreach and prevention activities through the HOPE Project (HIV/AIDS Outreach & Prevention Education). The HOPE Project trains and coordinates people living with HIV to effectively share their personal stories through media campaigns, speaking engagements and community forums in order to educate the public about AIDS, combat stigma and stop the spread of HIV. www.babesnetwork.org, 206.720.5566 or 888.292.1912 (toll-free).
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