HIV support organisation, Positively Women, has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a project recording the lives of women living with HIV and AIDS in the UK. An award of £42,500 was granted for the project Invisible Women, which will produce an oral archive, preserving the memories and experiences for generations to come.
HIV became a recognised medical condition over twenty years ago but little information has been gathered about how the virus affects the social and family lives of women. Positively Women is being advised by the Oral History Society and the archive, upon completion, will be lodged at the British Library.
Work on the archive will commence in early summer and will be officially launched at the end of 2007 as part of a series of events to mark Positively Women's 20th Anniversary year.
Elisabeth Crafer, Director Positively Women said, “We are delighted the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting this project. Many women living with HIV have fascinating stories to tell and this archive will be a reminder of their courage and strength, and a source of inspiration.”