Dear ICW members and friends,
As I stop to reflect as we madly dash towards the end of the year, I am truly amazed at the way we have connected with women all over the world this year.
25 years strong as we head into 2018 with a new strategic plan and an incredibly strong mobilized passionate membership base that drives our direction and keeps us steered towards our global advocacy goals, mindful that this means women and girls have better access to treatment care and support in our local communities……. where it counts.
2017 was a very important year for ICW, through our networks our sisterhood was strengthened with joint work and collaborative efforts across all regions. We connected with our members all over the world, via skype, Facebook, twitter, emails, website and our growing member list serve.
During the Annual General Meeting in November Marama Mullen from ICW Asia Pacific was elected as our new Chair and Ruth Linares from ICW Latina as Vice Chair of the International Steering Committee (ISC). We are excited at the opportunity to formally have a team of dedicated leadership that is committed to strengthening our governance structure and give support to ICW’s operations in our service to our sisters globally.
The election followed an ISC meeting at the tail end of a great week of planning and strategizing during the ICW strategic plan retreat held in Bangkok on 6th to 10th November 2017.
We are excited for the opportunity to set a strategic direction for ICW and understand that the achievement of the aspirations of our collective sisterhood for the next three years as Is embodied in the soon to be finalized Theory of Change can only happen in an environment in which ICW engages collaboratively with our members and partners at every level while showcasing lessons and outcomes that build your confidence in our work and engagement with you.We remain committed to honoring our pledges to you all.
A big thank you goes to our International Steering Committee and the Regional coordinators for your continued leadership and support, our vast network requires strong leaders who show commitment by turning up, speaking out loud and believing in the power of ICW.
I look forward to the year ahead and anticipate great opportunities and partnerships as our team works hard to ensure your voices are carried into all the global spaces to create the change we want. I look forward to launching our new strategic plan, connecting and working with all of you to make ICW a safe place for us to connect and share our experiences making ICW the voice of women and girls living with HIV.