NBJC Celebrates Women's History Month

National Black Justice Coalition Celebrates
Honoring Contributions of Black LGBTQ/SGL Women
During March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. We honor, recognize and celebrate the many contributions women continue to make to advance society. Lifting up the narrative and lived experiences of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) women is paramount during this month as women have always led efforts to make our nation and world more inclusive. Women like Pauli Murray, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Marsha P. Johnson and Barbara Jordan have paved the way for all people to live and love, unapologetically. Their lives and the lives of countless other Black LGBTQ/SGL women make space in the world for Black women to defy what others circumscribed as acceptable. During March, we honor all women and center the lives and contributions of women who lead, love and give back in order to make life better for future generations.
In addition to recognizing National Women’s History Month, NBJC will celebrate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Read more below to learn about other important events this month.
We salute all of our SHEROES!!!
March 10th is National Women and Girls
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD)is observed annually on March 10th to highlight the importance of women and girls taking action to protect themselves and their partners from HIV through prevention, testing and treatment. Sponsored by the Office of Women’s Health of the Department of Health and Human Services, the goals of this day are to raise awareness about the need for all women to be tested and treated for HIV. The awareness day’s continual theme, “The Best Defense Is a Good Offense,” reminds women to protect themselves and their partners against HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 280,000 women, aged 13 and older, are living with HIV in the United States, and more than 60% of women diagnosed with HIV in 2015 were African American.
The facts are clear: all women are at risk for HIV, but women of color are disproportionately affected. The following are the lifetime risks of getting infected by population in the US:
Black Women: 1 in 48
Hispanic Women: 1 in 227
White Women: 1 in 880
Addressing this disparity requires a collective response. 
We have reduction in HIV among women in recent years. From 2010 to 2014, new HIV diagnoses declined 20% among all women and even more (24%) among black women.
It is imperative to note these statistics do not include transgender women, who are arguably the most impacted demographic by HIV/AIDS. Too often in HIV data, transgender women are misgendered as men who have sex with men (MSM), which renders us without a complete picture of the disproportionate impact of HIV. At NBJC, we are dedicated to changing this practice and ensuring that our transgender family receive the resources and attention needed to fight HIV/AIDS, including being counted properly in HIV research in our nation.
NBJC invites you to celebrate NWGHAAD by ensuring that the women and girls in your life are supported in talking about, getting tested for and are supported if living with HIV. The first thing you can do if you do not know your HIV status is to get tested.  Click HERE to find a CDC’s testing site in your community!
#PACT4HIV #BestDefense #NWGHAAD #DoingIt #StartTalkingHIV
In Honor of NWGHAAD, NBJC Executive Director David J. Johns and
´╗┐Senior Minister Carmarion Anderson have penned an op-ed that centers the lives of Black Trans Women in the fight to end the spread of HIV/AIDS.