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April 2016

ICW Global Updates


HIV justice Worldwide meeting participants in a picture during the meeting.


HIV Justice Worldwide

ICW was part of the first HIV Justice Worldwide meeting, held in Brighton, UK, from March 22nd24th.

ICW, in partnership with AIDS Rights Alliance of South Africa (ARASA), Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+), Positive Women’s Networks of United States (PWN US), Sero Project, the Canadian HIV Legal Network and HIV Justice Network served as founding members, and will work with others to create synergies in our collective HIV criminalization work.

ICW called for a gendered response to HIV criminalization, and shared their ongoing work on the issue, including the work of ICW’s Criminalization Global Working Group.

Members are welcome to join an ongoing criminalization working group that will be guiding our global criminalization work. For more information please contact Click here to read ICW’s global statement on HIV Criminalization and click on the links to the HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE website and video here and share with your networks and partners.


Commission on the Status of Women 60 (CSW60)

ICW participated in the Women’s Major Group (WMG) at CSW60 which took place in New York City. The WMG convened for a two-day strategy session on March 11th - 12th prior to CSW60. Jointly, the group worked with partners in developing a decision-making structure and in supporting leadership at national, regional, and global levels.

Young women from the Chapter for Young Women, Adolescents and Girls were also present at the youth pre-conference, and supported the development of the Young Feminist Statement. Click here to read more.


CYWAG Media Team for AIDS 2016

ICW is proud to welcome our Young Women’s Media Team for AIDS 2016. This team is comprised of young women from India, Puerto Rico, Wales, Kenya, Rwanda, Barbados, Australia, and the United States. The team had their first meeting on March 12th. Check out and for their monthly blogs, articles, and other news items.


The 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)

ICW partnered with the International AIDS Society to launch a call to all young women and girls to make videos for the exciting AIDS 2016 session entitled “What a Girl Wants: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Treatment Access and Gender Equality”. For more information please click here.

The ICW team is also very grateful to the volunteers who reviewed thousands of scholarship applications and abstract submissions. As we approach the final marathon meeting in Durban for the numerous working groups and committees, ICW remains committed to ensuring that all self-identifying women and girls living with HIV are the focus of AIDS 2016.


IAS/ICW call for videos from young women


ICW Annual Report

After much anticipation, ICW published the Annual Report for the year 2014/2015. For more information please click here.


ICW Regional Updates


ICW Asia Pacific: Zero Discrimination Day was celebrated by women living with HIV in the region in various ways.

ICW members participated in the ICAAP Conference in Bangladesh, where ICW moderated the Community Forum.ICW members also participated in the 'UnZiptheLips' meeting, which took place March 21st-24th in Bangkok.

In addition, ICWAP actively participated and made presentations at the regional workshop entitled “My Intimate Partner, HIV and I” that focused on preventing intimate partner transmission of HIV in concentrated epidemics.

Regionally, the membership engaged in high level meeting (HLM) consultations in preparation of the Civil Society hearing in May and the HLM in June 2016. The region is also in the process of Board Recruitment, as elections will be taking place in the near future. For more information, please contact


Members of Thai positive women's network pose for a picture.


ICW Caribbean: In March, ICW Caribbean held elections for a new International Steering Committee Representative.

The Caribbean region would like to congratulate Althea Cohen from Jamaica and Marsha Staniford from Barbados who will be her alternate. The region had an in- person planning meeting in Kingston, Jamaica with the elected country representatives March 18th – 20th. Groups of women also organized activities for Orange Day to raise awareness about gender based violence.

ICW Carribean is hiring a young woman living with HIV to work out of the regional office to support their communications and engagement in CYWAG. For more information, please contact


ICW Chapter for Young Women, Adolescents and Girls (CYWAG): participated in the drafting of the Young Feminist Statement at CSW60. CYWAG also launched its AIDS 2016 Young Women’s Media Team and activated their page on the ICW website. Click here to read more.


ICW Eastern Africa: launched a project to collect the stories of young women living with HIV to be published in a book and distributed at AIDS 2016. The writers of the best stories will be invited to come and share them at the conference. For more information please click here. For more information about the region, contact


See Poster Announcement from ICWEA here.


ICW Europe and Central Asia: members actively participated in Zero Discrimination Day in many countries in the region. On March 28th, women presented to their national and international partner’s preliminary results of the unique research “Sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and human rights, gender-based violence, economic and political opportunities of women living with HIV in Ukraine.” Click on link here to read more about the preliminary findings.

The region was also highly active in the Women’s Networking Zone at the Eastern Europe and Central Asian AIDS Conference in Moscow.


ICW Latin America: actively participated in Zero Discrimination Day by making art and by populating social media with images. In addition to this, ICW Latina actively protested during International Women’s Day 2016. To know more about ICW Latina activities, please visit their website:


ICW Middle East and North Africa: took charge in the region by engaging women in Zero Discrimination Day activities in partnership with other regional stakeholders.


ICW North America: ICW NA presented at a women’s rights symposium held at Georgetown University Law Center on legal issues facing women living with HIV.

ICW was also an active attendee at a panel co-hosted by several NGOs in the region, which discussed the decriminalization of people living with HIV. Additionally ICW NA participated in a rally at the Supreme Court of the United States to protest for women’s rights and access to sexual and reproductive health.

Finally, ICW NA participated in an AIDS Watch gathering in Washington, DC.


ICW Southern Africa: Namibia partnered with the ICW Global Office to facilitate a 3-day advocacy training and planning session on the SDGs. This is part of a series of workshops to empower women living with HIV to create national action plans to implement the SDGs at the country level.


Participants during the SDGs Workshop in Namibia.


ICW West and ICW Central Africa: The Fastrack Regional Meeting for West and Central Africa took place in Dakar, Senegal on the 21st and 22th of March.

Civil society organizations’ positions and talking points leading up to the African Ministers of Health meeting to be held in Tunis, Tunisia, and the High Level Meeting on AIDS, to be held in New York City, were agreed upon.

ICW West and Central African, represented by four members, fully participated in this very important convening. ICW WA has been part of a coalition working to create a united response for both Western and Central Africa for the HLM in June.

The team is rallying support for a document that will hopefully be adopted by the entire African continent.


Francine Nganhale(Left), Regional Cordinator for ICWCA signs on HLM position statement.


ICW workshop and events


ICW Members Advocacy Workshop call, held on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they impacted women and girls living with HIV.

This powerful session was attended by UNWomen representatives. UN women is supporting our SDG work though a multi-regional grant.

If you would like to learn more about upcoming Know Your Rights Advocacy Workshops, please contact Jessica at




Upcoming events and time for Global Action


ITPC is seeking International runners living with HIV. Can you run? Are you living with HIV? If both your answers to these questions are yes, bingo! That means you can join the “Open Faces” run in Russia with all expenses paid.

On International Candlelight Memorial day, May 15th 2016, 10,000 people will run one of four distances: 3km, 10km, 21km or 42km. They will be joined by 100 people living with HIV for a marathon with a difference. The organizers want to use this major national sporting event as an opportunity to raise awareness of HIV amongst young people, and challenge stigma and discrimination at the same time.

ITPCru is encouraging runners living with HIV from all around the world to join the run which will start from Russia’s sports capital Kazan.

Read here for more information about how you can apply to participate.

ICW women
  • High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS, NYC, Jun 8th -10th
  • Women Now! Pre Conference, Durban, South Africa, July 13th – 15th
  • AIDS 2016, Durban, South Africa, July 18th – 22nd
  • International Maternal Health and Rights Day, April 11th
  • World Malaria Day, April 25th
  • Candlelight Memorial, May 15th
  • International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17th
  • HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, May 18th
  • International Day of Action for Women’s Health, May 28th

ICW Advocacy workshop


ICW Members Global Advocacy Workshops is an ongoing monthly program to share knowledge and engage ICW members in global processes that impact their lives.

These workshops are open to all self-identifying women living with HIV around the world and take place on Skype.

This month the advocacy workshop will take place on April 13th 2016 from 9am EST where we will be holding a special session about the High Level Meeting and a report back on the Civil Society Hearing.

To register for a workshop please contact Velvine on


Know your Rights; ICW Monthly Advocacy calls

  • HIV Civil Society and High Level Meeting Advocacy Planning, Wednesday, April 13th at 3pm Nairobi/8am Washington time
  • HIV Vaccines Research and Development in partnership with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), Wednesday, May 11th at 3pm Nairobi/8am Washington time.


Meet the Staff

Nganhale Francine



NAME: Nganhale Francine

COUNTRY: Cameroon

REGION: Central Africa

TITLE/POSITION IN REGION: Regional Coordinator

WHO I AM: I’m 34 year old young woman who has been living with HIV since 1999.

I discover my status at the age of 17 years, proud mother of a young boy of 17 years old, born with HIV, standing as a strong survivor of ignorance. I am extremely ambitious and self-motivated as a youth advocate. Thanks to my linguistic asset (French and English) and professional experiences, I think I have the skills to communicate and educate

WHAT DO I DO: I advocate for the rights of women living with HIV by volunteering as a focal person for the Cameroonian Network of people living with HIV and as coordinator for the International Community of Women Living with HIV Central Africa (ICWCA).

I blogs long stories around HIV Tuberculosis and Malaria issues with advocates for the whole community and especially for People living with HIV. As peer educator of Global Fund project to prevent STI/STDs, i speak of good of Global Fund in my peers. In fact, the reality is that people are not aware of the work of government in the society, nor the advantages they have when they benefit from Global Fund support.

I am appointed as a member of the UNAIDS Dialogue Platform on the Rights of Women living with HIV and part of the Community of Cameroonian women living with HIV and Aids (CCaF+/ICWCA). As a leader of association, i continue to play a central role in the Women’s Leadership Initiative, a joint endeavor of the work inside of Global Fund.

WHY IS ICW IMPORTANT: ICW is very important for me because it is a platform where I learn a look about issues of women living with HIV especially in my country and all over the world.

ICW women
ICW - The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW)is the only global network by and for women living with HIV

Global Office

Yaya Center, Wood Avenue
Machera Court, Komo Lane
Ground Floor – CG

PO Box 7228 Postal Code 00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Kenyan Based Staff

Rebecca Matheson – Global Director

Velvine Jobiese – Administrative Assistant

Florence Anam – Advocacy and Communications Manager

Maurine Murenga – Global Fund Coordinator

Rose Adem – Finance Manager

Virtual Staff

Toronto, Canada

Jessica Whitbread – Community Relations & Mobilization Manager

Washington, DC, US

Sophie Brion – Human Rights Attorney

Washington, DC, US

Katie Filous – Legal Fellow

Kampala, Uganda

Margret Happy – Communications and Advocacy Officer

Regional Coordinators

ICW AP: Sita Shahi



ICW NA: Karen Marcinczyk

ICW MENA: Rita Wahab

ICW C: Olive Edwards

ICW LA: Arely Cano

ICW CA: Francine Nganhale

ICW ECA: Sveta Morozo

International Steering

Asia Pacific

Norlela Mohktar, Malaysia

Marama Pala, New Zealand,

Acting Chair

Central Africa

Fetia Donatienne, Democratic Republic of Congo


Althea Cohen, Jamaica

Marsha Sandiford, Barbados

East Africa

Teresia Njoki Otieno, Kenya

Europe and Central Asia

Olena Stryzak, Ukraine

Zhenya Mailyan

Latin America

Ruth Mery Linares Hidalgo, Costa Rica

Hilda Esquivel, Mexico

Middle East and North Africa

Souhalia Ben Said, Tunisia

North America

Deloris Dockrey, USA,


Marvelous Mucenje, Canada

Southern Africa

Thembi Mkambule

West Africa

Monisola Elizabeth Ajiboye, Nigeria

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