Deon Haywood is the Executive Director of Women With A Vision, Inc., a New Orleans-based community organization founded in 1991 to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and well-being. Since Hurricane Katrina, she has led the organization to a vibrant locally-rooted international network addressing the complex intersection of socio-economic injustices and health disparities.
In 2009, Deon oversaw the launch of WWAV’s NO Justice Project, a campaign to combat the sentencing of women and trans* people arrested for street-based sex work under Louisiana’s 203-yr-old “crime against nature” felony-level law. This resulted in a federal judicial ruling and the removal of more than 700 women from the sex offender registry. Deon was also the representative from the U.S. South to the 2013 Frontline Defender’s Dublin Platform, has testified in front of the United Nations Global Commission on HIV and the Law and been honored with numerous awards by groups across the United States in recognition of her leadership at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice and anti-criminalization and ending (mass) incarceration.
At the 7th Annual 2020 Leading Women’s Society Awards, Deon received the Pandora Singleton Ally Award for 20 years of service as a non-positive ally in the movement. Deon was also part of the inaugural class of Public Voices Fellows with the Ms. Foundation (2016), and was the 2017 recipient of the 41st Ben Smith Award from the A.C.L.U. of Louisiana.
The Ms. Foundation for Women announces its Public Voices Fellowship, an initiative that diversifies the voices and quality of ideas featured in mainstream media. The Ms. Foundation Public Voices Fellowship will provide a diverse cohort of 19 Ms. Foundation grantees with resources, skills, and access, in order to ensure their ideas shape not only their respective fields of reproductive and economic justice and safety, but also the greater conversations about gender in America.
To celebrate Black History Month, Planned Parenthood is honoring 99 African American leaders — one for each year since Planned Parenthood was founded. The achievements of the Top 99 Dream Keepers range from the paradigm-shifting filmmaking of Ava DuVernay to the Reproductive Justice movement leadership of Cherisse Scott, from the crunktastic and hard-hitting analysis of Jamilah Lemeuix to the gender-busting art and advocacy of Laverne Cox. Their work helps us connect to each other. They inspire us to break down barriers to opportunity posed by poverty, racism, and sexism.
Come celebrate the start of AIDS Education Month with the Opening Reception and Award Ceremony! Join us for hors d’oeuvres and great conversation as we present the annual Kiyoshi Kuromiya Award for Prevention, Treatment and Justice to individuals or organizations that have stood out as exemplars in the community of those fighting for the rights of people with HIV. This year’s Kiyoshi Kuromiya Award Recipient is Deon Haywood, Executive Director of the New Orleans-based Women With A Vision, Inc.
“There’s been a fire,” he said.
Haywood ran out to her car and drove to North Jefferson Davis Parkway, to the stout gray building that housed Women with a Vision, a community nonprofit she runs, which does H.I.V.-prevention work and other forms of advocacy geared toward women of color. In Louisiana, the death rate from AIDS is nearly twice the national average...
This week, students at the University of Nevada, Reno held a conference on how to make healthcare more accessible for everyone no matter their race, socioeconomic situation, gender identity, legal status, or anything else.
The school's Division of Health Sciences brought in Deon Haywood for that conversation. She runs a nonprofit in New Orleans that's been helping under-served populations for almost three decades. While in Reno, she caught up with our News Director Michelle Billman. Executive Director Deon Haywood delivered the keynote address at this year's Cultural Considerations In Healthcare symposium at UNR, focusing on how future doctors and nurses can practice harm reduction for their patients. Harm reduction is any method or practice used to reduce risk of harm, a common example being clean needles programs that protect injection drug users from transmitting HIV.
Interview with Deon Haywood by Jordan Flaherty for GRITtv