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Women at AIDS2018, 22nd International AIDS Conference | Amsterdam, the Netherlands | 23-27 July 2018
ICW AIDS2018 Civil Society Partner

June 2018

ICW Global Updates

This month we are young and fresh! 

  • We feature a guide to pre-conferences at the AIDS 2018 conference for young people!
  • Find out about the Young Women's Leadership Initiative at the Women Networking Zone!
  • Human Rights Networking Zone at the AIDS 2018 Conference
  • Important dates, Workshops and Links to Consider for the AIDS 2018 Conference

Young People’s Pre-conferences Program Guide

Are you a young woman going to Amsterdam for the AIDS 2018?

If yes, then this one is for you!

Young people are an important population in the AIDS 2018 conference, who are required to contribute majorly in the conversations at the conference. their voices, are required in not only speaking for themselves in terms of challenges and key issues they face in regards to HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), but also providing a light in terms of solutions and innovative interventions for these key issues.

Adolescents and young people give a fresh perspective, with their youth nature, creative ideas and spontaneity, as well as their vast diversity. So, we definitely do need you in all possible conversations! We would like to create a vibrant team of young people, women and girls that contribute meaningfully to every process of engagement.

In respect to that, ICW has created a program guide that will help you navigate through the conference, in this specific issue featuring the Global Village & Youth Programme, and also Pre-conferences that you can attend, and how you can contribute to the conversations. In following issues, we will feature more guides in the general programme throughout the week, and the networking zones you can benefit from!


Saturday, 21 July 2018:

Session: Addressing the needs of adolescent girls and young women in the fight against HIV and AIDS

Why you need to attend:

  • You’re the population in subject (Adolescent girls and young women, 15-24), you’ll need to add in your voice and input to this meeting!
  • Other than it’s target audience fitting you, you need to attend this session because it will be tackling avenues to address needs and challenges of adolescent girls and young women, with a focus on the often forgotten key population of adolescent girls and young women such as sex workers and orphans.

Session: Insight to impact: Driving demand creation for HIV prevention

 Why you need to attend:

  • HIV prevention interventions are largely designed for the cohort that are leading in new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths: Adolescents and young people aged 10-24
  • Your input and insights are needed to inform HIV prevention interventions that suit you and how best you can access HIV prevention services and increase demand as well as uptake for HIV prevention
  • Learning opportunity, as the session intends to explore effective aspects of demand creation, such as a user-centred design, social marketing and other innovative approaches to demand creation

Pre-conference: Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) pre-conference

Why you need to attend:

  • This preconference is all-inclusive, you definitely need to be there!
  • Adolescents and young people (Age 10-24) are the consumers of Sexual and Reproductive Health information and education, so this session offers and opportunity to learn share and network with experts and colleagues

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Session: U=U 2018: Celebrate, activate and implement! Global dialogue: HIV, rights and the law in the era of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development

Why you need to attend:

  • Treatment as prevention is a very essential component of HIV prevention, and Undetectable = Untransmittable, U=U is one way that treatment as prevention can be achieved, by ensuring proper drug adherence and achievement of viral suppression
  • The world is now talking abouth U=U, and you need to know why!

Session: Changing the game in adolescent-centred design: Assets, access, adherence

Why you need to attend:

  • Again, You’re the population in subject (Adolescent girls and young women, 10-24), you’ll need to add in your voice and input to this meeting!
  • This is an innovative approach which offers an opportunity to learn, as an adolescent-centred design intends on putting the adolescent in the middle while tailoring interventions for them.

Pre-conference: TB 2018 – Bridging the TB and HIV communities

Why you need to attend:

  • TB and HIV are almost always inseparable, due to the co-infection, with at least a third of people living with HIV coinfected with TB.
  • Add on knowledge! It might be a little scientific and oh, so boring but you never know, this session will be educative and informative, and is a beginning point to a networking conversation!

That’s it for now, you can still check out the programme and see where you fit in! Here’s the link to the conference program

You can also check our the Global Village & Youth Programme and learn more about the Youth programme.

The Young Women's Leadership Initiative (YWLI) coming to AIDS 2018 at the Women Networking Zone (WNZ) Young Women’s Leadership Academy!

Athena Network has joined with Rich tapestry of women's organizations, Women Living With HIV and the UN partners to bring the Young Women's Leadership Iniatiative (YWLI) to global forums from Rome to Ethiopia.

Through the YWLI, we have brought together diverse groups of adolescent girls and young women for leadership development, team building and skills training. We provide interactive workshops tailored to AGYW on public speaking, Human Rights, SRHR, New Prevention Technology, Gender Equity and so much more. These workshops are complimented by Speaker Spotlights bringing policy makers, entertainers, researchers, global advocates, UN Family members and so many other experts across HIV, Women's Rights, Health and policy to have informal dialogues. These provide a space to learn about the emerging science, policy and rights in an open and supportive environment. YWLI can ask questions and have absolutely unique experiences.
The YWLI Initiative also matches participants with mentors, provides web-based learning in advance of the conference and connects participants to a vibrant online network of young women creating amazing change across the world!

Human Rights Networking Zone at the AIDS 2018 Conference


Join the Human Rights Now!  in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for the 2018 International AIDS Conference. The Human Rights Networking Zone will be in the Global Village for people to LEARN more, CONNECT with activists and BE INSPIRED to take action.

You can also follow us on Twitter (@HIVhumanRIGHTS) and on Facebook. We’ll also have an important advocacy action for participants who are on-site and for participants online — stay tuned for further details! You can read more here:

Important links to Consider:


Important Dates to Consider:

15 April 2018

  • Youth Pre-Conference registration opens

19 April 2018

  • Late-breaker abstract submissions open

10 May 2018

  • Late-breaker abstract submissions close

17 May 2018

  • Standard Registration ends

1 June 2018

  • Deadline to request a Letter of Invitation and to submit a visa application

30 June 2018

  • Affiliated Independent Events submissions close


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