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ICW Global In Action
 

February 2018

ICW Global Updates

   

Live and Love with HIV:an exciting opportunity for women living with HIV

The international Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) is partnering with The Simon Fraser University (SFU) faculty of health sciences to create an online space women living with HIV, partners, and couples to share stories and experiences about love, romance, and sexuality. All self-identifying women living with HIV are welcome to apply by following link here to apply. Stay tuned for more information on the official launch of the website.

     
     

Activity to Impact

ICW collective impact reflection workshop

participants during the meeting in Bangkok

The International community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) Consortia members under the RCNF grant came together 10th to 13th of February 2018 for the Collective Impact reflection Workshop.

The meeting that was held in Bangkok, Thailand brought together Regional Coordinators, regional program staff, global secretariat staff and beneficiaries of the RCNF grant to reflect and develop the ICW collective story of impact.This experience was instrumental in sensitizing participants on the benefits of outcome harvesting and reporting to show the impact of our networks activities and interventions.

The meeting also provided an opportunity for the validation process of the draft ICW strategic plan. ICW will be launching our strategic plan in March 2018 to officially set off our joint strategic direction for the period 2018-2023; share with our members and partners the key achievements and learnings from our advocacy and networks strengthening, thus far and present our collective ambitions and hopes for the future.

     
     

ICW attends pre- CSW62 Africa Regional Meeting in Addis

ICW's Florence Anam and CYWAG representative Nadege Uwase during the panel

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW)  joined Key Africa regional women rights, empowerment and development advocates who converged in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 19th and 20th February 2018 to strategize on how the organisations will continue to contribute and influence policy and priorities ahead of the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) meeting coming up in March 2018.

The meeting organized by The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) and partners brought together 40 representatives of women right's organisations from the region to develop a common advocacy position and policy recommendations with key messages to lobby governments prior to, during and after CSW62.

With Support from UNAIDS East and Southern Africa, ICW was represented in this meeting by Nadege Uwase the focal person for ICW’s Chapter of Young Women and Adolescent girls (CYWAG) who made a presentation on Young Women Living With HIV and their policy priorities and Florence Anam our Advocacy and Communications Manager who spoke to the Expectations from CSOs and opportunities for CSOs to engage.

This strategy meeting provided ICW an opportunity to collaborate and strengthen our advocacy on keeping the voices and issues of women and girls living with HIV represented into broader sustainable development dialogues and strategies.

This year's Commission on the Status of Women will be held from March 12 to 23 2018 at the UN headquarters in New York, with the theme, "challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and women's empowerment of rural women and girls.'' Click here for more information on the meeting.

     
     

Celebrating Love Positive Women (LPW)

ICW joined our sisters, partners and friends from all over the world to celebrate Love Positive Women in Bangkok, Thailand on 14th February 2018. Love Positive women is an annual event that takes place from February 1st to 14th using social media to create awareness about Women living with HIV and link women from all over the world to acts of love and care.

Representatives from Jamaica shared cards from JCW+ to the women and ICWAP shared flowers, hand-made beads and note books to the sisters present. The bonding session was an opportunity to show love to our fellow sisters and be reminded of the important of self-care for our collective better health and productivity.

To date Love positive women has created a platform for individuals and communities to engage in public and private acts of love and caring for women living with HIV.

It is also a time for us at ICW to focus on self-love as a way of drawing our collective strength towards a more connected community and network.

Love Positive Women 2018

     
     

ICW welcomes on board Laura Thuo

Laura Thuo, ICW's communications assistant

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) is excited to welcome Laura Wangeci Thuo as our new Communications Assistant. Laura will start in her new position with the ICW Global Office on 1st March, 2018 and will be based in the Nairobi office. She will work collaboratively with the team and the members of ICW’s Chapter of Young Women and Adolescent girls (CYWAG) in ensuring their action and advocacy is visible in events leading up to the AIDS 2018 conference and beyond.

Laura is a young woman living with HIV aged 22 years and a passionate young advocate for inclusion of adolescents and young people in decision making platforms for responsive HIV programming for young people in Kenya.

     
     

NEWS

GNP+ Supports U=U; https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ns-court-overturns-sexual-assault-convictions-of-hiv-positive-man-who-didnt-disclose-condition/article38001453/

IAS and Women Deliver announce Generation now;https://mailchi.mp/iasociety/announcing-generation-now-our-health-our-rights-976749?e=e247819119. 

WHO launches new recommendations calling for accelerated uptake of testing and treatment for TB prevention. http://www.who.int/tb/features_archive/WHO_recommendations_TB_prevention/en/.

African first Ladies launch new campaign ‘Free to shine’ to optimise their commitment to fight against AIDS; http://www.afro.who.int/fr/node/9342.

ICW West Africa launches post ICASA Communique; https://icw.filecamp.com/1/icw/binary/5hdo-5sjk0s5n.pdf.

Health and observance days in March

Mar 1

Zero Discrimination Day

Mar 8

International Women's Day

poster from internet

Mar 24

World TB Day

Upcoming Events and Times for Global Action

  • Upcoming events and conferences

ICW Action at CSW - 17th -24th March 2018

ICW Strategic plan launch – 20th March 2018

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

Stigma and Discrimination task team meeting 4th and 5th March 2018

WHO and Civil Society Meeting on HIV, TB, Viral Hepatitis, STIs and Universal Health Coverage, 22-23 March 2018, Geneva Switzerland

FSP Meeting 11th – 14th March 2018, Amsterdam

22nd International AIDS Conference 23rd – 27th July 2018

  • Job opportunities

Call for application for the communications focal point to the developing country NGO delegation. Download TOR here.

Senior Advisor Gender Equality at UNAIDS. See link here for details.

Meet the ICW Women

 

Name

Teresia Njoki Otieno

Country

United States of America

Title/Position in Region

Regional Cordinator

Region

North America

Who I Am

Iam an advocate for gender equality and sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR), especially for women living with HIV. I am passionate about promoting HIV prevention strategies that work for women and girls. I have worked across continents to mentor others and harness the mobilizing power of women. In Kenya, I served in Technical Working Groups and the National Steering Committee on the elimination of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV. I was a 2014 AVAC Fellow, advocating for PrEP roll out, I was involved in documenting experiences of women living with HIV who have endured coerced sterilization in Kenya, I spearheaded a campaign to end the vice. I am a founding member of Personal Initiative for Positive Empowerment (PIPE), a non-profit organization based in Kenya. I served as the chairperson of ICW Global and ICW Eastern Africa in 2013/2014.

WHAT DO I DO: I Plan and coordinate the delivery of the overall program and activities in accordance with the mission and goals of ICW North America. I am also working part time with ATHENA Network in Community Engagement and Partnership

WHY IS ICW IMPORTANT? ICW is the only global network by and for women living with HIV, representing us, creating spaces for us to grow, to engage and to unite our voices on issues that impacts us directly. ICW has provided a platform for me to develop and grow as a leader, to be mentored by incredible women and to reach out to other women including young women.

 

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