Dear ICW members
We are thrilled and excited as we reflect back on our advocacy and impact in 2016 and envision stronger impact in 2017!
We couldn’t do this work with out a strong sisterhood and committed partners. We thank you so much for your support, engagement, partnership, joint activities and commitment to support initiatives that improve the lives of women and girls; particularly, women and girls living with HIV in all our diversity.
We celebrate our sisterhood and tireless advocacy efforts led by ICW members at grassroots, national, regional and global levels. We know sisterhood is powerful, and in this spirit we continue to strengthen our network; from supporting and strengthening ICW’s regional and country presence through shared learning from each other to powerful joint work in Global platforms.
We have seen remarkable presence and amplified voices of women and girls living with HIV at various decision making platforms and we are proud of our collective work and impact!
We take this opportunity to highlight a few of our greatest achievements from 2016.
- ICW launched our 25th Anniversary Campaign to mark 25 years of ICW’s Sisterhood and celebrate sisterhood and the women’s movement. Our campaign launch was held in Durban during AIDS 2016, 25 years after our founding at the AIDS conference in 1992! ICW has been engaging members in a series of actions on social media every month to celebrate the achievement of our sisterhood in realizing healthy lives for women and girls living with HIV.
- ICW developed an innovative series of workshops and activities to enhance the engagement of networks women living with HIV in the development and country implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to our workshop series, ICW provided mini grants to countries to undertake advocacy to inform and engage in country level SDGs implementation, developed and shared a guide to the Sustainable Development Goals for Networks of Women Living with HIV.
- ICW representatives participated in regional and global validation committees in the first ever WHO Validation of Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV efforts that included a human rights, gender equality and community engagement benchmarks. The innovative human rights, gender equality and community engagement assessment tool was designed by ICW in partnership with GNP+, UNAIDS and other key informants.
- We strengthened existing relationships and made new ones that have provided opportunities for joint engagement, activities, lesson sharing and achievements. ICW is proud and honored to have had Maurine Murenga, one of our own join the Global fund Communities Delegation as an alternate Board Member and Florence Anam, be recruited to join International Steering Committee (ISC) of The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS (CCABA). We are excited for joint work with our partners and allies from the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), the International Network of People who use Drugs (INPUD) and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) that have continued to support our advocacy.
- ICW conducted over 20 workshops and sensitization meetings with our sisters in the regions: including 3 Sustainable Development workshops, 5 Mini-workshops, 3 Schools of Feminism, 2 Global Fund workshops, a workshop on research literacy and 12 themed advocacy workshops were conducted with our members benefiting from information and identifying opportunities for engagement in processes.
- ICW was highly active, mobilized and engaged in priority campaigns and decision-making platforms during the year. In particular, the Civil Society Task Force for the High Level Meeting; High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS, AIDS 2016, The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), The Annual PMTCT Conference at Victoria Falls and Global Fund leadership and replenishment meetings.
As we take stock of the year that is ending, we are proud of our collective achievements and of our strong sisterhood which continues to guide us towards the realization of our vision and mission.
We look forward to the year ahead and anticipate great opportunities and partnerships as we work hard to realize a world where women living with HIV live free of gender oppression realizing and claiming full rights inclusive of sexual, reproductive, legal, social, economic and health rights.
The ICW Global office will be closed for the holidays from 16th December 2016 and will resume work on 10th January 2017.
We wish you a safe and happy holidays and an amazing start to 2017!