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April 2016

High Level Meeting on AIDS 2016: A Call to Women Living with HIV to Get Involved


The United Nations (UN High Level Meeting on AIDS (HLM) will take place on June 8–10, 2016 in New York City. The HLM aims to “undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS.” This important global convening will bring civil society organizations, people living with HIV, governments, and decision-makers together to renew the commitment and engagement of global leaders to accelerate a comprehensive universal and integrated response to HIV.



In preparation for the HLM, an interactive Civil Society Hearing (CSH) will occur on April 6, 2016 in New York to ensure input of civil society, including women living with HIV. Marama Pala, acting ICW Chair is also chairing the Civil Society Task Force leading the preparations for the upcoming CSH. ICW encourages our members to follow the outcomes of the CSH and connect with and influencing their government delegations on priority areas for the HLM.

The HLM will build on the dialogue at the CSH, and will result in a critical outcome document which will build on the Declaration of Commitment and Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS and will guide and monitor the HIV and AIDS response towards achieving the commitment of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 and realizing the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The perspectives and insights of women living with HIV are critical to the success and relevance of the HLM! Here is how you can get involved.

How you can get involved

Fill out this SURVEY by April 5th to share your perspectives and thoughts for the CSH and the HLM !

Get informed 

  • Stay informed about the upcoming Civil Society Hearing for the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, scheduled for April 6, 2016;
  • Join an ICW Member Working Group by emailing Katie Filous at
  • Join ‘advocates google group’ currently with more than 300 advocates from all over the world, to receive updates and exchange information, please write to
  • Contact accredited NGOs from your country directly (once the list of accredited organizations is made public, it will be available by emailing, and ask how to get involved in their advocacy strategies.

Join your country delegation to the HLM

  • UN Member States have been encouraged to include “representatives of civil society, including non-governmental organizations and organizations and networks representing people living with HIV […]”. 
    • Contact your member state representatives and ask to be a part of the national delegation to the HLM! (Let ICW know if you are on a country delegation!)
    • Contact other organizations in your country to develop a common strategy for this advocacy effort, including identifying women living with HIV who would best represent our issues.

Have your say in the HLM outcome document

  • Contact your Minister of Foreign Affairs in your country and make your concerns and needs known to influence the input that the delegates in New York give during the negotiation process;
  • Advocate for strong language regarding women’s rights in the HLM outcome document, including gender equality, sexual and reproductive health rights, and increased financing for HIV/AIDS advocacy and research.




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Virtual Staff

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Jessica Whitbread – Community Relations & Mobilization Manager

Washington, DC, US

Sophie Brion – Human Rights Attorney

Washington, DC, US

Katie Filous – Legal Fellow

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Margret Happy – Communications and Advocacy Officer

Regional Coordinators

ICW AP: Sita Shahi



ICW NA: Karen Marcinczyk

ICW MENA: Rita Wahab

ICW C: Olive Edwards

ICW LA: Arely Cano

ICW CA: Calorine Kenkem

ICW ECA: Sveta Morozo

International Steering

Asia Pacific

Norlela Mohktar, Malaysia

Marama Pala, New Zealand,

Acting Chair

Central Africa

Fetia Donatienne, Democratic Republic of Congo


Althea Cohen, Jamaica

Marsha Sandiford, Barbados

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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