AFC Presents Day of Female Empowerment on March 10

March 5, 2012

Chicago's 2012 Teen Girls & Women’s Health Awareness Day
Breaking the Cycle

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and the FAM Entertainment Theater Company are proud to present a day of fun and learning on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

On Saturday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Ford City Shopping Mall, there will be workshops, performances and health screenings to encourage an open and honest conversation about female sexual and reproductive health.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls and encourage them to get tested. It is also aimed at empowering communities and organizations to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In 2009, women represented 23 percent of new HIV infections in the United States, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. African-American women are 15 times more likely to be infected with HIV than white women.

The event at the Ford City Shopping Mall will host local organizations providing performances, free health screenings, health and preventive health care information, and giveaways for over 1,200 women and teen girls in the community.

The program will feature speakers from the Chicago WVON radio show, including Kendall Moore, director of the South Side Help Center; Janks Morton, film director of the groundbreaking documentary “Dear Daddy,” New Foundations, Imani Niah; HawkFilmz; and educators/trainers from the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network. 

On this important day, AFC and the FAM Entertainment Theater Company are partnering with Ford City Shopping Mall, The South Shore Hospital Wellness Center, Chicago’s Women’s AIDS Project, Chicago’s Women’s Health Center, P.A.V.E., and The Women’s Health Foundation.

Other sponsors and participants include the Chicago Department of Public Health, South Suburban Family Shelter and over 20 participating high schools and grammar schools, including the Illinois Math and Science Academy of Aurora, Ill., and many other motivational speakers.

WHEN:      Saturday, March 10, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:     Ford City Shopping Mall, 7601 S. Cicero, Chicago, IL  60652.


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Contact: Kenya Robertson, 312-572-9373,

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