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February 2016

Nothing For Us Without Us – In The Sustainable Development Goals


A Call to Action to Women Living with HIV


As we step further into 2016, we know this isn’t just the first few weeks of the New Year, but also the beginning of a new era in global development. The Millennium Development goals came to an official end in 2015, giving us much to celebrate, but also much more work to be done to secure the rights and to meet the needs of women living with HIV around the world.After many months of discussions and dialogue, the UN and global leaders released the new Sustainable Development Goals framework, also known as Agenda 2030. As we reflect on our accomplishments from the last 15 years, it is also time to look forward to Agenda 2030 and to the important role of women living with HIV in this new development agenda.

Agenda 2030 promises a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity through the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination.” Importantly, this requires governments worldwide to commit to “work for a significant increase in investments to close the gender gaps and strengthen support for institutions in relation to gender equality and the empowerment of women at the global, regional and national levels” with the goal that “all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls will be eliminated.” [1]


Understand Why the SDG's are Important to Women Living with HIV

The Global Goals  

Agenda 2030 represent an important shared global commitment to improving the lives of people on earth and our environments. Critical to women living with HIV, Agenda 2030 includes Goal 3: “Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages” which includes targets designed to ensure “universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including family planning, information, education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes,” and to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.[2] Agenda 2030 also includes goals on gender equality, sexual reproductive health and rights and ending violence and discrimination.

ICW believes that women living with HIV have a critical role to play in ensuring the effective implementation of the SDGs at the country level and in helping our world achieve the goals set by Agenda 2030.


Find Out Who will Implement the SDG’s in Your Country


Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals will take place at country level, which means conversations may have already begun in your country about what to prioritize within this ambitious 17 goal 169 target agenda! It is critical that women living with HIV are involved in the prioritization of the SDG agenda at country level and the first step is to find out who has been tasked with implementation in your country. Get started by visiting:

Let’s make sure women living with HIV have a seat at the tables of implementation in your country!


Learn What You Can Do Get Involved!


ICW is making a resolution to work hard to ensure that women living with HIV continue to play a critical role in the implementation of Agenda 2030.

We invite you to join us on the webinar 'Engaging with the SDGs' on March 9th at 9 AM EST to increase awareness of the SDG processes and open a dialogue about the potential role of women living with HIV in SDG prioritization and implementation at country level. Country networks of women living with HIV whose members participate in the webinar will be eligible to apply for mini-grants to undertake efforts to get involved in the SDGs!

RSVP to Katie on to join us for a Webinar on 'Engaging with SDG's' on Wednesday March 9th at 9am EST.

ICW - The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW)is the only global network by and for women living with HIV

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Kenyan Based Staff

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Velvine Jobiese –
Administrative Assistant

Florence Anam –
Advocacy and Communications

Maurine Murenga –
Global Fund Coordinator

Rose Adem – Finance Manager

Virtual Staff

Toronto, Canada
Jessica Whitbread –
Community Relations
& Mobilization Manager

Washington, DC, US
Sophie Brion – Human Rights Attorney

Katie Filous – Legal Fellow

Kampala, Uganda
Margret Happy –
Communications and Advocacy Officer

Kingston, Jamaica
Nacia Davis –
Jr. Communications and Advocacy

Regional Coordinators

ICW AP: Sita Shahi


ICW SA: Sethembiso Mthembu

ICW NA: Karen Marcinczyk

ICW MENA: Rita Wabah

ICW C: Olive Edwards

ICW LA: Arely Cano

ICW CA: Calorine Kenkem

ICW ECA: Sveta Morozo

International Steering

Asia Pacific

Sita Shahi, Nepal

Marama Pala, New Zealand, Ag, Chairperson

Central Africa
Fetia Donatienne,
Democratic Republic of Congo

Chrysol Albert – Hope, Guyana

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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