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ICW Global In Action
 

January 2018

ICW Global Updates

   

Commentary

Love Positive Women Logo

It is that time of the year again when ICW joins our sisters, partners, family and friends in celebrating Love Positive Women.

Started in 2013 by ICW’s Jessica Whitbread, 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.

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.

This year the Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI) have teamed up with Jessica to develop the Love Positive Women guide. Please read and share the guide and follow the Facebook page here to connect with women living with HIV and our partners and friends planning various activities across the world.

Activity to Impact

ICW joins World AIDS Day celebrations

The International Community of Women Living with HIV joined our Global stakeholders and community representatives in calling for a Right to health during the World AIDS Day celebrations on December 1st 2017.

On this day ICW shared a policy brief: HIV prevention that works for women and girls that was developed in collaboration with The Global Network of Sex Worker Projects (NSWP), The International Network of People who use Drugs (INPUD) and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+).Read our full World AIDS Day 2017 statement here.

ICW also joined Coast Sex workers Alliance (COSWA) and other HIV and health stakeholders to organize a county level World AIDS Day celebration bringing together more than 300 Sex workers in Mombasa Kenya.

In line with the Country’s World AIDS Day message, ‘Hands up for #HIV Prevention’ this day provided an opportunity for sensitizing the community of the various new HIV prevention strategies Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP), Harm reduction, promote HIV testing and early initiation to treatment as well as call on an intensified stakeholder support in breaking stigma and discrimination that impedes uptake and retention to prevention and treatment interventions for HIV and Sexual and reproductive health among key populations.

ICW attends 41st UNAIDS PCB in Geneva

Lilian Mworeko ICWEA Regional cordinator during the panel discussions

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) joined stakeholders and community representatives at the 41st UNAIDS PCB meeting in Geneva.

ICW was represented by Lilian Mworeko at the Regional Coordinator from ICW Eastern Africa Spoke during the thematic segment on Stigma and Discrimination in healthcare settings where she gave lived experiences of stigma and discrimination experienced by women and girls living with HIV in healthcare settings. She used this opportunity to share the WHO Guidelines on SRHR for women Living with HIV. This guide was developed with contributions from ICW women Please see the LINK here to see the full guideline ICW Advocacy Manager Florence Anam also gave an intervention on the thematic segment on Zero Discrimination in health care settings. See the intervention below;-

"Thank you to UNAIDS and to the members of the PCB for the opportunity to give voice to the lived experiences of women living with HIV around the world.

Women living with HIV, particularly networks of women living with HIV have been sounding the alarm and raising awareness of our lived experiences of stigma, discrimination and human rights abuses in health care settings especially in the context of realizing our sexual and reproductive health and rights for the past 25 years.

With relatively limited resources, we have been documenting and raising awareness about the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on our ability to access and adhere to treatment and we have supported the call to arms from our sisters, allies and partners in key populations about the damaging impact stigma has. Forced and coerced sterilization is a particularly violent and egregious violation that occurs in a continuum of disrespect for the dignity and agency of women living with HIV in the context of our reproductive health and rights.

This is not a problem of the past- this is a problem today, now and it is urgent for the lives and well being of women living with HIV and for our shared goals to reach 90 90 90.

As a result of the bravery of women living with HIV coming forward to report these violations, often at great personal risk, women and legal partners have been able to bring litigation in Namibia and Chile and ICW’s sister networks along with KELIN and GEMS are involved in two cases now in Kenya as well as ICW Southern Africa having filed a complaint before the Commission on Gender Equality in South Africa on behalf of women who have been forcibly sterilized there.

But we know that litigation alone will not create the sea change we need. We need structural changes that reach down to the grass roots We need policy and practice that doesn’t just sit in policy binders but that empowering women to know their rights particularly SRHR and supporting them to claim those rights- not just in global meetings like this one but in the private intimate spaces of clinic and doctors’ offices.

We want this to stop so that not one more woman experiences this violence. And we want justice."

International Day to end Violence Against Sex Workers

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) joined the Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA), Hoymas Kenya, Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Program among other stakeholders to commemorate International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers which is observed annually on December 17 by sex workers, their advocates, friends, families and allies.

Originally conceived as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington, United States (US), it has evolved into an annual international event.

The day calls attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers worldwide, as well as the need to remove the social stigma and discrimination that have contributed to violence against sex workers and indifference from the communities they are part of.

The day was also celebrated across the country with Sex workers groups and partners all joined together by the key theme “Eradicating Violence against Sex workers”

ICW was represented by Velvine Jobiese.

Participants during the days events

NEWS

ILO publication on Migration, Health & HIV and AIDS, http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---gender/documents/publication/wcms_605763.pdf

Eurasian Women’s network published and shared the report ;- Human Rights of Women living with HIV in Ukraine: Findings of the community-based research through the CEDAW lens".

ICW World AIDS Day statement; http://www.iamicw.org/CampaignProcess.aspx?A=View&Data=U6TvdAsOybAlbkToPD3rVg%3d%3d.

ICW End of year Statement;- http://www.iamicw.org/CampaignProcess.aspx?A=View&Data=RqkIJZl0C6ALOVn3Og5wOA%3d%3d.

ICW Workshops and Events

Feb 2018

RCNF program reflection meeting for ICW Consortia members

Feb 2018

Love Positive Women

Mar 2018

ICW Strategic Plan 2019- 2021 Launch

Upcoming Events and Times for Global Action

  • Upcoming events and conferences to report on in January 2018 In Action

ICW Strategic plan Validation meeting 10th – 13th February 2018

ICW RCNF Annual Program Reflection workshop- 10th -13th February 2018

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

62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 12th – 23rd February 2018

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

  • Fundraising opportunity

For our country and regional sisters in Africa, please see an opportunity for funding with African Women Development Fund (AWDF) http://awdf.org/main-grants-call-for-applications.

  • Health and Observance Days.

February 1st to 14th Love Positive Women

March 8th International Women’s Day

March 24th World TB day.

Meet the ICW women

 

Name

Reginald Assumpta Ngozika

Country

Nigeria

Title/Position in Region

Regional Cordinator

Region

ICW West Africa

Who I Am

I am a woman living positively and constructively with HIV, l use my position to ensure that Women living with HIV in West Africa are not left behind, l am married with children.

I work with Women and Girls living with HIV across West and Central Africa, l also work with the National Network of Women living with HIV in Nigeria, l ensure Women and young Girls are empowered to own their spaces, l coordinate the activities of Women living with HIV in West Africa, l do lobbying to partners for resource mobilizations, capacity building activities and advocacy events   ICW is very important to me because it makes my voice visible at the Global level and this platform ICW gives me the opportunity to speak out to the Global community the issues that affects women and Girls living with HIV such as Stigma and discrimination, Violence against Women and Girls and access to treatment.

 

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