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ICW Global In Action

November 30 2017

ICW Global Updates



The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) joined stakeholders and community members to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November 2017.

This day also the start of the 16 days of activism to end gender based violence (25th November - 10th December).

Globally is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. These percentages are documented to be higher in some countries with Women who experience physically or sexual violence documented as more than twice as likely to have an abortion, almost twice as likely to experience depression, and in some regions, 1.5 times more likely to acquire HIV, as compared to women who have not experienced partner violence[1]

The reality for many women and girls however is that this practice is so normalized that it is very hard for many of us to speak up and even take action against physical and sexual violence from partners. Further Women living with HIV continue to face the dual burden of experiencing violence because of their HIV status.

Violence is an unacceptable violation of basic human rights and continues to affect negatively the progress of uptake and retention to HIV prevention and treatment interventions by women and girls. 

ICW is excited to share a blog post by Stop AIDS from one of our founding members Alice Welbourn of Salamander Trust wrote for this day. Please see the blog titled Sailing on the winds of Hope here.


Activity to Impact

ICW Represented at the 2017 REPSSI Conference

Clara Banya making a presentation at the conference

The International community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) joined partners and stakeholders at the REPSSI biannual Psychosocial Support forum held Arusha Tanzania on 4th to 6th September 2017.

The Conference was a great opportunity to promote awareness and understanding of the importance of psychosocial support (PSS) and to share knowledge on approaches to providing it.

ICW was represented at the conference by Florence Anam our advocacy Manager and Clara Banya ICW Country Director, Malawi.The two supported by the Coalition for Children Affected AIDS (CCABA).

Clara Banya is one of the Coalition’s Ambassadors who will be playing a vital role in amplifying the voices of people most affected by HIV particularly in complementing research findings and to help shape policy and program through evidence. ICW extends a great thank you to our Coalition partners for the support.

ICW Joins the Global HIV Prevention Coalition

ICW joins the Global HIV Prevention Coalition and was represented by the Global Director Rebecca Matheson at the Launch of the Prevention Coalition roadmap on 10th and 11th October 2017 in Geneva.

The Global HIV Prevention Coalition led by UNAIDS and UNFPA aims to galvanize innovative action for the realization of the goal of preventing and reducing new HIV infection by 75% by 2020. For more of what the coalition roadmap see the link here.

ICW Represented at the Wilton Park SRHR Meeting

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) was excited to have been represented at the key stakeholders meeting at Wilton Park on 25th to 27th October 2017.Our Advocacy Manager Florence Anam made an intervention in a panel to discuss the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to reach HIV fast-track goals and Universal Health Coverage for women and girls.

This platform provided an opportunity to discuss lived experiences and engage with stakeholders to understand communities’ perspectives for responsive programming including the benefits of deliberate engagement of women and girls living with HIV at all levels of policy and program development, implementation and monitoring.

Flier courtesy of Wilton Park


UNAIDS announces nearly 21 million people living with HIV now on treatment

UNAIDS Launches 2017 WAD Campaign- My Health, My Right;-

In Africa, a Glimpse of Hope for Beating HIV; -

The World Weekly; HIV Stigma: the beginning of the end;-

U=U Unites with ITPC to improve the lives of People Living with HIV;-

Upcoming Events and Conferences

Nov 2017

ICW Strategic Plan took place on November 5th to 10th in Bangok Thailand. More information in the next Months Newsletter.

Dec 2017

ICASA Conference 4th to 9th December 2017

Upcoming Events and Times for Global Action

  • Upcoming meetings and deliberations for ICW engagement in the next months

Global Fund/UNAIDS Meeting ;- Measuring treatment coverage among key populations living with HIV - the role of networks of key populations and People Living with HIV - 10th and 11th December 2017; Geneva

UNAIDS 41st PCB Meeting 12th to 14th December 2017; Geneva

  • Fundraising opportunity

MTV staying Alive grant –opens December 1st 2017.

  • Health and Observance Days.

December 1st World AIDS Day

December 10th World Human Rights Day

December 17th International day to end violence against sex workers

Meet the ICW Staff



Velvine Sarah Jobiese



Title/Position in Region

Administrative Assistant


Global Office

Who I Am

I am a mother, and human rights activist and a former sexworker. I am also the co-founder of the Kenya Sexworkers Alliance (KESWA); a sexworker network in Kenya where i served as the Chairperson  for 3 years.

I believe in universal access to comprehensive HIV prevention programs, treatment, care and support. I am saddened that  criminalized populations, such as women who do sexwork are driven from HIV services by discrimination and violence, often at the hands of unfavorable laws and even prejudicial law enforcement officers. That’s why have i  been on the forefront in advocating for decriminalization in Kenya.

WHAT DO I DO: I am ICW Administrative Assistance and also a member of Kenya Sexworkers Alliance, and I also work with different sexworkers organizations on Health, security and rights promotion.

ICW is Important because;- it’s the network of self identifying women living with HIV and they embrace Diversity within different women.


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