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ICW Updates

ICW engagement with PEPFAR’ DREAMS Initiative

On November 20th in Washington, DC, ICW (represented by Ms Teresia Otieno ( in photo) in collaboration with Centre for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention (AVAC)held a reception and panel discussion for the PEPFAR DREAMS Initiative: Advancing a Prevention Agenda for Women and Girls. The event was attended by a large and diverse group of civil society and policy makers giving ICW the platform to promote the benefits and importance of women and girls living with HIV in shaping and informing the plan for DREAMS Initiative and its implementation.

 

 

ICW participated in the Composite Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Linkages Index Technical meeting on November 4-5, in New York. The purpose of the composite SRH/HIV linkages index is to measure the linkages between SRH and HIV issues at the policy and health systems level, and to try to capture whether SRH and HIV issues have been integrated at the service level. ICW has been supporting the process for the development of this tool which is planned to be launched at International HIV and AIDS Conference (IAC 2016) in Durban. 

ICW partnered with UN Women, SAFAIDS, PAPWC and other regional bodies for the Women’s Pre-Conference November 27th and 28th prior to the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) 2015 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

 

The theme of the conference was ‘Fast tracking the end of the AIDS epidemic for women in the post 2015 development framework.’ The main outcome of the conference was a call for action to increase African leadership and ownership, as well as investment in financing to support the continental health response; and contribute to promoting the development and scale up of evidence-based interventions for HIV and associate diseases in the post 2015 agenda

ICW was represented at the ALL In adolescent consultation to end the AIDS epidemic for adolescents on November 25th and 26th in Harare, Zimbabwe. Together a road map was created, defined by adolescent and youth leaders with a common vision to achieve better health for adolescents and an action plan to achieve better health outcomes including HIV, for adolescents. 25-

 

 

ICW participated in first ever Key Populations Pre-Conference at ICASA. The event had an overwhelming response in participation with rooms bursting in attendance. ICW used the opportunity to support our members who were actively representing women living with HIV who also identify as transgender, lesbians, sex workers and women who use drugs at the pre-conference. ICW also partnered with INPUD since the July 2015 to develop a statement on Women Who Use Drugs and HIV. Both ICASA and the Key Populations Pre-Conference were platforms to announce this exciting collaboration that was developed by a core group of 12 women living with HIV who use drugs from all ICW regions. 

 

 

ICW conducted a workshop to create dialogue on the Role of Women Living with HIV in Research on November 29th in the Women’s Networking Zone (WNZ) during ICASA. The session started with an overview of the previous and on-going HIV biomedical prevention researches. Participants stated that women and girls living with HIV in most cases are engaged in the research processes as participants or respondents. They do not inform the protocol, or influence the research processes including development of the messages after the finalization of the study. The women and girls recommended that for future HIV biomedical prevention research, they would like to participate in all the phases including research inception, protocol development, implementation and dissemination of the findings.

Action at the booth in support for Data Disagregation.

To support this ICW with support from International AIDS Vaccines Initiative (IAVI) is doing a campaign to get researchers and programmers to make deliberate efforts to disaggregate data for women and girls. This year we have collected over 500 signatures to promote this global campaign.

 

 

ICW was represented on the panel discussion in partnership with WHO to discuss the implications for countries on 2015 WHO consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treatment and preventing HIV on November 29. In the discussion, panellists the process for developing the new treatment guideline was very participatory and the women living with HIV were consulted. ICW supports early initiation to treatment for women and girls living with HIV who choose to start. However there is need to ensure that treatment is administered in safe non-discriminatory environments that promote and protects the rights of persons living with HIV. Some of these rights are rights to adequate information, rights to confidentiality, rights to informed consent and protection from gender based violence and other forms of stigma and human rights violations. 

 

It is suggested that health systems in many of the countries with high HIV burden may not be able to manage the additional responsibility that comes with treating all. There is need for task shifting by training community health workers to provide some services like point of care diagnosis. There is also need of scaling up of investments through donor and domestic financing for HIV to meet the huge demand that will come with implementation of the guidelines.

ICW in Action

ICW Members Advocacy Workshop call featured a presentation focusing on the intersections of women, HIV and drugs from our friends and partners at the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 with special guest advocate Judy Kihoro facilitating. During the workshop, ICW members discussed issues such as gender based violence, harm reduction, poor public policy, and the rights of people who use drugs. In addition, the draft joint position statement that was developed by ICW and INPUD on women living with HIV who use drugs was discussed.

 

 

ICW continued to release regular Global Fund updates and share them with diverse stakeholders inclusive of membership and partners. 

 

Mr. Sidibe UNAIDS Executive Director visits ICW/GNP+ Booth.

Long-time partners GNP+ and ICW had an extremely busy booth during the ICASA conference in the Community Village. Together we created a community hub with hundreds in attendance each day. 

 

 

In The Media

Media Links

To mark the 16days of activism against gender based violence, ICW issued a press release demanding for freedom from violence for all marginalized and vulnerable populations within communities living with HIV, including sex workers: http://www.icwglobal.org/news-and-media/press-releases


In November 2015, the Global Fund Board approve $224 million in funding for 22 grants which were from 14 countries and one regional organisation. Details can be accessed from this link: http://allafrica.com/stories/201512090881.html

The ICW EA launched a campaign to end sexual and reproductive health and rights violence, HIV criminalization and widening of contraception choices and options for women living with HIV. Details can be accessed from this link: http://allafrica.com/stories/201511230841.html

 

HIV rates are driven by widespread global inequalities. Call for action to ensure that nobody is left behind including the indigenous women living with HIV. Details can be accessed from this link: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/marama-pala/nobody-left-behind-lives-of-indigenous-women-with-hiv.

 

ICW joined key leaders from ICASA in a radio Interview in hosted by ZimFm in Zimbabwe to discuss ICASA and the role of Community village and the importance of addressing HIV among young people. The link to the radio interview can be accessed here; - Sound Cloud https://soundcloud.com/ruvheneko-1/the-platform-icasa-021215 Download link - https://www.sendspace.com/file/wgl7vf

Regional Updates

ICW Asian Pacific (ICWAP) spent time in November welcoming their new Regional Coordinator, Sita Shani who hit the ground running with the first ever ICW regional Forced and Coerced Sterilization Convening in Bangkok as well as preparing for the ICW School of Feminism to be held in early December. In addition ICW participated in Unzip the Lips and Stigma Index dialogues to promote the inclusion of women living with HIV. November also was the ICWAP Board meeting and preparation for the re-launching of the regional newsletter. 

 

ICW Caribbean (ICWC) has nearly completed its first draft of the Regional Operations Manual. In addition to this the region has been preparation and mobilizing for a regional tour of 4 Feminist Movement Building Workshops in Antigua, Guyana, Barbados and Dominica in partnership with the ICW Global Office. In Jamaica the chapter launched activities for the 16 Days of Activism.

 

ICW EasternAfrica(ICWEA) disseminated findings of the study on violations of Sexualand Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) of Women living with HIV in Clinical and Community Settings in Uganda, with special focus on forced and coerced sterilization on November 19, 2015. The study revealed that women and girls living with HIV experience a wide range of violations including misinformation regarding their sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR), mistreatment during the process of seeking reproductive health services, especially maternal health services from health facilities, and coerced and/orforcedsterilization. The ICW Global office was represented by Ms. Florence Anan at the event. During the same event, ICWEA launched a campaign to end sexual reproductive health and rights violations, HIV criminalization and widening of contraception choices for women living with HIV.

 

ICW Europe and Central Asia (ICWECA) held a range of activities on gender based violence. These included a training on "Types of violence” in Armenia, an art therapy meeting with women who faced violence in Moldova, a training on how to help women who experienced violence was held with technical support from a psychologist and a lawyer from the crisis center along with peer consultant from NGO EVA was held in Russia, the Ukraine, ICWECA members participated in the 16 Days of Activism campaign against gender based violence through discussing clubs, press conferences, and flash-mobs. Women in Tajikistan shared their personal stories on violence they experienced during training and they were supported by the group members. A joint effort of state structures and communities for violence prevention in Kazakhstan was also held. In Moldova the press-conference entitled “no excuses for violence” was conducted jointly by the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family and NGO Iniziativa Positiva. A video-clip of women talking about their experiences of being victims of violence can be accessed here

 

ICW MiddleEastandNorth(ICW MENA) in collaboration with ITPC MENA spearheaded call of action on ViiVHealthcare to unlock access to affordable and essential drug in four North African countries namely Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. In 2014, ViiV Healthcare and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) issued a voluntary licence on dolutegravir (anti-retroviral drug which is palatable to the users and has few side effects compared to other types of ARVs) allowing Indian manufacturers to supply 121 developing countries with generic version except the countries mentioned above and as illustrated on the map of Africa. 

 

ICW North America (ICWNA) held its annual membership meeting and elected a new Board of Directors. These included: Claudette Cardinal and Claudia Medina from Canada and Janet Francis, Martha Sichone-Cameron and Nuru Kisitu Nabbumba from the United States. ICW NA partnered with the Department of Public Memory in celebrating a memorial to Voices of Positive Women (VOPW), a former organization run for and by Canadian women living with HIV. It was a poignant event gathering many previous members who mourned the loss of the only women’s for and by program. The gathering gave a platform for supporting ICW and over 40 new members joined. 

 

Chapter for Young Women, Adolescents and Girls (CYWAG)members participated by sharing their stories and acting as editors for the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) World AIDS Day Watch Dog publication that was released on December 1st This project was focused on Young women and girls living with HIV and is part of the More than Our Status global SRHR coalition. CYWAG also supported a statement for and by young women living with HIV following a workshop held on 25th November in Nairobi, Kenya with a group of young women. In addition, CYWAG hosted daily workshops in the Women’s Networking Zone (WNZ) at ICASA talking about dating and relationships, reproductive rights and treatment access. 

Chapter for Young Women, Adolescents and Girls (CYWAG): CYWAG partnered with YouthCo in Vancouver, Canada to support a young woman living with HIV to support their young women’s programing and link it to the global youth movement. From December to March they will have a CYWAG intern in their office who will help to link local women to the global CYWAG group using Love Positive Women. 

This Month's Profile

Name: Resty Nalwanga

Country: Country: Uganda

Region: Eastern Africa

Who She Is: I am a young woman who has been living openly with HIV. I have been living with HIV since birth and I am 28 years old. I am a counsellor and a paralegal. I hold a certificate in social behavior change and communication from John Hopkins University U.K. I was awarded a certificate of appreciation from International Conference on Family Planning as abstract reviewer and youngperson living with HIV in 2015, and was also awarded a certificate of merit from Baylor Uganda for mentorship and leadership as a Peer Educator in 2013, 

What She Does: I am currently working as a sexual and reproductive health officer and a paralegal practitioner for Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV&AIDS (UNYPA). I was involved as a young consultant in MidTerm Review of Link Up project 2015.Together with other young key populations I advocated for the inclusion of youth key populations’ priorities in Global Fund processes and consultations during the process of developing Uganda’s concept note and Joint proposal for the joint TB &HIV and Malaria proposal which won the funding as part of broader civil society. I sit on the technical working team at Ministry of Health under adolescent health policy and representing young people living with HIV in Uganda. Am a focal member in World Global Network on Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) 2014-15 representing young people living with HIV.

Why Is ICW Important: From the meeting that was organized by Women for Global Fund, I got to learn more about the work which is being done by ICW global for adolescent girls and young women which I believe in. This makes ICW very important to me.

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Get Involved!

ICW Members Advocacy Workshop call

ICWMembersAdvocacyWorkshop:- On January 13th at 3pm Nairobi time will focus on preparing for AIDS 2016. All ICW members that want to know more about scholarships and abstracts submission should definitely join. To know more about upcoming Know your rights advocacy workshops please contact Jessica on communityrelations@iamicw.org

 

KnowYourRightsAdvocacyWorkshop: Wednesday, February 10th –Love Positive women’s Special session on self-care, self-love and community healing.

Know Your Rights Advocacy Workshop: Wednesday, March 9th – How to Turn the Sustainable Development Goals into Advocacy Actionin 2016.

 

Love Positive Women(LPW): Romance starts at home is coming up in February from the 1-14th. Start planning your event and/oraction now in order to start 2016 off with kindness with this annual holiday. LPW is led by community members and allies all over the world. ICW is the hub of the action and can support by making linkages. Here is the report from last year and you can check out this link for more information. Every one is encouraged to participate.

Opportunity Announcement

Opportunity Announcement!

The International AIDS Conference 2016 organizers extended a call for application for scholarships and abstracts is now open until 12 February 2016 23:59 CET. The full scholarship covers:

  • Registration fee for the conference (include access to all sessions and exhibitions);
  • Travel (pre-paid airfare at the lowest fare available, from the nearest international airport);
  • Accommodation (shared in a budget hotel or dorm for the days of the conference);
  • Modest daily living allowance for the duration of the conference (18-22 July 2016).

The call for IAC registration and abstracts is open. Please share the link with your networks http://www.aids2016.org/Scholarships/Apply-for-a-scholarship

ICW                                                                 women