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January 2016

ICW Updates

Love Positive Women (LPW) 2016 Campaign #lovepositivewomen

Love Positive Women (LPW): Romance Starts at Home Campaign: This month, ICW spearheaded the preparation and implementation of series of activities on LPW campaign. The campaign spreads the word of LPW using social media to link local grassroots gestures of love. The campaign happens annually from February 1st–14th using Valentine's Day as a backdrop. LPW creates a platform for individuals and communities to engage in public and private acts of love and caring for women living with HIV, going beyond romantic love to deep community love and social justice.

ICW in collaboration with Visual AIDS, the Fire Island Artist Residency and Dieu Donne had a series of three workshops in NYC with artist, activists and women living with HIV to make 200 handmade paper LPW cards to send to positive women around the world. The body of work is in an art showing at the Dieu Donne gallery from January 26 – February 3, 2016. Public Closing Reception was held on Wednesday, February 3, 6–8pm and featured poetry by Deloris Dockery and talks by women living with HIV.

The Dieu Donné Gallery exhibition of LPW handmade paper cards.

ICW led a discussion on the impacts of the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission following the screening of the Canadian HIV Legal Network’s film Consent in Winnipeg on January 27th. The event marked the hearing for one of our sisters that is living with HIV in Winnipeg who was charged with aggravated sexual assault for HIV non-disclosure. For Love Positive Women: Romance Starts at Home ICW sent her messages of love and solidarity and were present in the court room.

Photo from Love Positive women

ICW In Action

ICW has been working on the development of PrEP research in relation to women and girls. ICW has been actively working on.

ICW was thrilled to hear news that our application for the Robert Carr Network Fund (RCNF) Consortia Grant was successful in receiving funding to support the 10 regions, Chapter for Young Women, Adolescents and Girls and the Global Office. While limited for amount of work that ICW was planning to undertake in the next three year, ICW spent January actively preparing the documents and reflecting on resource mobilization as we approach our 25th Anniversary. ICW regions will be discussing moving forward with the 2016 RCNF grant and continuing to build our community in February.

ICW in partnership with GNP+, UNAIDS and the USAID SOAR team held a meeting in Washington in preparation for evaluation of the People Living with HIV Stigma Index. The People Living with HIV Stigma Index tool has been in existence for seven years and the study has been conducted in more than 50 countries.

ICW attended the first Living Conference partnership meeting on Thursday, January 21st. The Living Conference will be taking place this year as Pre Conference to the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. This Conference is unique as it will be attended by approximately 200 people living with HIV from around the world to strategize and share interventions using peer-based models.

ICW led a discussion on the impacts of the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission following the screening of the Canadian HIV Legal Network’s film Consent in Winnipeg on January 27th. The event marked the hearing for one of our sisters that is living with HIV in Winnipeg who was charged with aggravated sexual assault for HIV non-disclosure. For Love Positive Women: Romance Starts at Home ICW sent her messages of love and solidarity and were present in the court room.

ICW Members Advocacy Workshop on preparing for AIDS 2016.

ICW in The Media

Acting ICW Chair Marama Pala was the first New Zealand Māori selected to the Task Force on HIV by the President of the United Nations General Assembly. She was elected co-chair of the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) for the (UNGASS) partnered with UNAIDS for the High-Level Meeting on HIV 2016 in New York:

A study by Newsday reports HIV positive women violated in homes and communities;-

LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN: Jessica Whitbread, Jonny Mexico and Theodore (Tedd_ Kerr:

Regional Updates

ICW Asia Pacific is thrilled by their Chairperson, Ms. Marama Pala being elected as the Co-Chair of the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) for the (UNGASS). A series of actions were implemented by ICWAP including a convening that brought together representatives of networks from Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and Chinato explore and further develop country plans to end forced and coerced sterilization and secure reproductive health and rights for women living with HIV in the region. The group also discussed the need for a regional strategy to end Forced and Coerced Sterilization Convening and learned about the successes of work to end forced and coerced sterilization in Southern Africa. Please refer to the ICW AP newsletter for the details.

ICW Caribbean is proud to announce the formation of the Guyana Chapter of Women and Girls Living with HIV which isthe newest ICW country member! ICW Caribbean carried out Feminist Movement Building and SDG Workshops in January in three countries: Antigua, Barbados and Guyana. During these meetings ICW country networks held elections for new representatives to be part of the regional steering committee. In addition to this each country made advocacy actions plans to build the local networks linkage to regional and global actions! For more information on how to connect with the ICW Caribbean movement contact or

ICW Eastern Africa believes that the upcoming elections in Uganda scheduled for February 18, 2016 is an opportunity for women living with HIV to make demands that will enable them participate, engage and change the future and make the next five years better for women living with HIV to access services and enjoy better health. The demands in the manifesto are the basis upon which women living with HIV will decide on who to vote in the upcoming elections. For details, please contact Ms. Lillian Mworeko at

Photo courtesy of ICWEA

ICW Eastern Europe and Central Asia is pleased to announce the launch of “Positive women” survey and consultations with women living with HIV from Ukraine in order to define the most important aspects of their lives as of sexual and reproductive health and human rights. The priorities that will be identified will contribute to program activities agenda of UN Women country office in Ukraine and will be used for organization’s strategic planning. For more details on survey and consultations please contact Olena Stryzhak at The survey will run until the 29th of February, 2016. The report of the findings will be published at ACO “Positive women” website ( no later than March 2016.

ICW Latina leaders participated at the fifty-third meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean that was held at headquarters of Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Santiago, Chile, on January 26–28, 2016.

ICW Middle East and North Africa implemented series of activities which included conducting the study on the situation of children living with HIV in Tunisia (the report is not yet out), and advocacy on access to generic versions of antiretroviral drug known as dolutegravir (DTG) which is affordable." Souhaila Bensaid, the president of the Association ATP + Tunisia said that North Africa mainly depends on generic drugs to treat HIV and it has the lowest treatment coverage in Africa. Excluding Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia from MENA region from accessing the essential and affordable DTG increases the gap in treatment access among countries in Africa.

ICW North America in partnership with Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network presented the short Canadian documentary entitled ‘Consent’ at Gender fest Winnipeg. Following the film ICW led a discussion on the criminalization of HIV in Canada, specifically the way in which the legal system is being used as a tool to reinforce stigma and fear. Information on the documentary can be found at: ICWNA also had a presentation at the AIDS Committee of Toronto to discuss ICW and movement building as well as actively supporting the Visual AIDS event to make cards for LPW in NYC.

ICW Southern Africa has spearheaded preparations for organizing the 21st International AIDS Conference (IAC) 2016 Women Networking Zone (WNZ) in Durban from 17 to 22 July 2016. This is in line with the road map and a series of activities that were launched at Vancouver, Canada: 21st July, 2015 when the women of the Asia Pacific region handed over the torch to the women of Southern Africa region. The WNZ is a community-focused forum running parallel to the International AIDS Conference with a full program of workshops, critical dialogues, strategy sessions and performance arts. Building on a long history beginning in Durban in 2000, the WNZ strives to continue to be the heart of women’s rights organizing and movement building and striving for a strong, unified feminist HIV movement for all self identifying women.

Chapter for Young Women, Adolescents and Girls (CYWAG) – For Love Positive Women CYWAG launched applications for the Young Women’s Media Team for theAIDS Conference in Durban. For more information please or to get an application please contact

Monthly Profile

Ivonne Nyenty

Name: Ivonne Nyenty

Country: Cameroon

Region: ICW Central Africa

Who she is: Iam a Cameroonian, aged 33 years and no children. I have been living with HIV for 6 years now. It was not an easy journey to live with HIV especially emotionally and socially. With time, I have learnt to accept my status and I am living a much more happy life today.

What she does: I am a part time project officer for local organization known as Community Initiative Group (CIG).

Why is ICW important: ICW builds the capacity of women living with HIV and offers a platform to women living with HIV to discuss their issues.

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Get Involved

ICW Members Advocacy Workshop call on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, as ICW will host Love Positive Women’s Special session on self-care, self-love and community healing.

On March 9th the Advocacy Workshop will be a special presentation on the Sustainable Development Goals and how country networks can be involved in advocacy. Please join us at 8am (NYC)/ 3pm (Nairobi). To join the call please contact Velvine at

Upcoming Events

  • The Sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 14–24, 2016. ICW will have an active team here and be speaking at a number of events. If you are planning to attend and/or want to connect with the team, contact
  • Women Deliver 2016 Global Conference will be held at Copenhagen, Denmark, in May 2016If you are planning to attend and/or want to connect with the team, contact
  • AWID Feminist Conference will be held in Brazil May 4–8, 2016. ICW will be presenting two workshops on Health Care Violations and Mobilizing Advocacy Using Community Arts. If you are planning to attend and/or want to connect with the team, contact
  • Abstracts and scholarships application for IAC 2016 deadline is February 4 and February 12 please go to the for all the details.
  • The Red Ribbon Award 2016 will be given to community groups for outstanding leadership in responding to AIDS in one or more of the following 5 award categories namely good health and well-being; reduced inequalities; gender equality; just, peaceful and inclusive societies; and global partnership. All these are based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The deadline for nomination is February 14. Each recipient of the award will receive a US$10,000 grant. Additional information regarding the Red Ribbon Award, can be found here:

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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

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

Katie Filous – Georgetown Legal Fellow

Kampala, Uganda
Margret Happy –
Communications and Advocacy Officer

Kingston, Jamaica
Nacia Davis –
Jr. Communications and Advocacy

Regional Coordinators

ICW AP: Sita Shahi


ICW SA: Sethembiso Mthembu

ICW NA: Karen Marcinczyk

ICW MENA: Rita Wabah

ICW C: Olive Edwards

ICW LA: Arely Cano

ICW CA: Calorine Kenkem

ICW ECA: Sveta Morozo

International Steering

Asia Pacific

Sita Shahi, Nepal

Marama Pala, New Zealand, Ag, Chairperson

Central Africa
Fetia Donatienne,
Democratic Republic of Congo

Chrysol Albert – Hope, Guyana

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

Global Chair

West Africa
Monisola Elizabeth Ajiboye, Nigeria

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