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ICW Global In Action

January 2017

ICW Global Updates


Global updates

Strengthen collaboration efforts to keep women and girls on the agenda.

Global Director’s New Year’s message to all members and our partners underpins the need for strengthened collaboration in keeping women and girls on the agenda to end AIDS by 2030. With support from the International Steering Committee (ISC), and regional partners ICW is on track to develop a new dynamic Strategic plan that remains committed to embracing our sisterhood, learning from experiences so far and planning effectively for strengthened collective action that will ensure an even stronger and more united Global network of Women Living with HIV with greater reach and scope to influence within global, regional, and country level platforms. Click here to read the whole statement.

ICW Excited to join the 'Start free Stay free AIDS free' framework

ICW is excited to join the ‘Start Free’ Work stream convened by UNAIDS as a special advisor and aims to bring on board input and experiences of women living with HIV to this very important platform. In 2016 the UNAIDS and PEPFAR launched the Start Free Stay Free AIDS Free framework at the UNGA and highlighted this work again at the Durban IAC.

It builds on, and further expands, the work taken forward under the Global Plan to eliminate vertical transmission of HIV and keep mothers alive, continuing to highlight the importance of ending vertical transmission and ensuring access to care and treatment for women living with HIV, identifying and providing treatment to HIV positive children and adolescents who have been missed, and accelerating primary prevention for adolescents and young women to enable them to remain HIV negative.

ICW will be represented on the work stream by Florence Anam, ICW Global Advocacy and communications Manager.

Florence Anam ICW Advocacy and Communications Manager

Global fund scales up programs to support women and girls including programs to advance SRHR

The International Community of Women Living with HIV appreciate the effort the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria has made to meet the health needs of women including young women and adolescent girls. Despite the gains made in the HIV response over the years we still experience high incidences of HIV among adolescent girls.Globally young women aged 15 – 24 have HIV infection rates twice as high as in young men and account for 22% of all new HIV infections and 31% of new infection in Sub Saharan Africa.

A number of countries have been chosen by the Global Fund to access a predetermined amount of money from within a pool of US$313 million in catalytic investment matching funds. This funding is designed to inspire innovation and ambitious programming approaches driven by evidence, in order to maximize impact in specific strategic priority areas.

To meet the conditions for matching funds, countries must show an increase in the allocation amount designated to relevant catalytic investment priority areas. At minimum, this designated amount for priority areas should equal (or be more than) the amount of requested matching funds.

HIV programing for adolescent girls and young women is one of the six catalytic investment priority areas designated for US$313 million matching funds:Others under HIV are key populations impact and programs to remove human rights-related barriers to health services.

Also funded under catalytic funding is TB program on Finding missing TB cases as well as interventions targeted at building resilient and sustainable systems for health: Integrated service delivery and health workforce and data systems, data generation, data use. In addition to these priority areas, US$33 million will be made available as matching funds for malaria, to catalyze market entry of new generation long-lasting insecticidal nets.

Due to the burden of HIV among adolescent girls and young women is sub Saharan Africa, the Fund through catalytic investment has prioritized matching grants for the following countries for HIV programing for adolescent girls and young women.

  • 1.Botswana $ 1,000,000
  • 2.Cameroon $ 1,782,200
  • 3.Kenya $ 5,000,000
  • 4.Lesotho $ 1,500,000
  • 5.Malawi $ 7,000,000
  • 6.Mozambique $ 6,000,000
  • 7.Namibia $ 1,000,000
  • 8.South Africa $ 5,000,000
  • 9.Swaziland $ 1,500,000
  • 10.Tanzania $ 8,000,000
  • 11.Uganda$ 5,000,000
  • 12.Zambia $ 4,000,000
  • 13.Zimbabwe $ 8,000,000

The International Community of Women living with HIV is calling upon the Technical Review Panel and the Grants Award Committee to be vigilant and to ensure that the funding requests that come from countries have rights based and gendered programs.

We call on the fund portfolio managers to ensure that countries prioritize institutional strengthening of community based organizations and community networks and that communities are empowered to complement the work of the health systems and ensure quality of services if we intend to defeat the three epidemics.

ICW gears up for Love Positive Women 2017

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) launches its call to engage the world in acts of kindness and solidarity with women living with HIV during the 5th annual LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN:

Romance Starts at Home campaign which occurs between February 1 – 14th. All are welcome to participate and make change.

ICW Regional Updates

ICW Asia Pacific

ICW members during the feminist leadership school workshop

The second ICW AP Feminist Leadership School kicked off in Bangkok, Thailand from 7 – 11 November 2016. The project was designed to nurture and develop women living with HIV (including young women) as strong leaders to safeguard the sustainability of the network and to more broadly ensure that the issues of women living with HIV are articulated and strongly represented. There were three elements: The Training of Trainers Workshop, self-study modules and ongoing support and mentoring.

The objectives of the Feminist Leadership School are:


  • To develop an in-depth understanding of the gendered nuances of women and HIV
  • To explore the links between human rights, women’s rights, SOGI rights and feminism in the context realizing social, economic and cultural rights of women living with HIV including sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • To develop skills in leadership, accountability and representation
  • To build competence and understanding in advocacy actions for promotion, protection and fulfilment of rights of women living with HIV in various international, national and regional policy, programming and accountability spaces
  • To build competency for building alliance and partnership to strengthen cross-movement and support for the rights of women living with HIV

Supported by UN Women Asia and the Pacific, ICW AP brought together women living with HIV activists from four countries (China, Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam). Participants spent an intensive 5 days addressing personal issues, analyzing the contextual and structural challenges, strategizing ways to develop the movement and developing advocacy plans. Concrete country plans were developed with support from ICW AP and UN Women. The first four days were facilitated by ICW AP & ICW global and day five was facilitated meeting bringing together UN Women country offices and the regional, the network members from each country.

It was great cross learning for each countries participant to know the gaps and advocacy efforts been done at country level.

ICW Central and West Africa

The regions jointly convened a workshop with participants from 12 countries in which the PMTCT treatment literacy community guide was shared. The countries represented included Nigeria, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leon, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia and Chad.

Members of ICW Central Africa during a past event.

ICW Eastern Africa

For more information on ICW Eastern Africa region click on the website here

ICW Europe & Central Asia

ICW Europe and Central Asia via Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS convened a roundtable meeting in November 2016. The meeting that took place in Kiev provided an opportunity to share with members, partners and stakeholder the findings from the study "Addressing violence in HIV response in Ukraine" was released the Community-based Research: led and driven by women living with HIV in Ukraine "Sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and human rights, gender-based violence, economic and political opportunities of women living with HIV in Ukraine"

Participants during a meeting


Participated in the regions Rape is a Crime campaign. The region was represented by among others the regions member to the International Steering Committee Souhaila Bensaid (in picture)

Souhaila from ICW-MENA participates in the campaign

Chapter of Young Women and Adolescent Girls (CYWAG)

Nadege Uwase

The Chapter of Young Women and Adolescent Girls (CYWAG) is thrilled to have one of their own selected to join the Communities Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Nadege Uwase Munyaburanga from Rwanda joins the delegation and will bring the realities of adolescent girls and young women living with HIV.

"Being selected to be on the Communities Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is great news to the community of women living with HIV, mostly for the young women."

It is an opportunity to communicate the needs of women living with HIV and AIDS.


IOM launches first ever TB and Migration portal.

ICW World AIDS Day Statement.

ICW International Human Rights Day Statement.

Stories of LGBT seeking asylum in Kenya.

Call for abstracts; The 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights.

SAA Launches the International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa.

Medicines Patent Pool announces first license for TB treatment.

ICW Workshops and Events

13th-17th Feb

The Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).

CROI 2017 will be held from February 13 to February 16, 2017, in Seattle, Washington, at the Washington State Convention Center. Webcasts, abstracts, electronic posters, and other electronic resources from CROI 2017 will be available online after the conference ends.

Upcoming Events and Times for Global Action

1 Feb

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) launches its call to engage the world in acts of kindness and solidarity with women living with HIV during the 5th annual LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN: Romance Starts at Home campaign which occurs between February 1 – 14th. All are welcome to participate and make change!

Meet the Staff



Name of staff



Title/Position in Region

Global Finance Manager



Who I Am

I love family. I am domesticated. I love calm. Most of my friends talk much more than me. I talk best when I write… something I hope to do more. I look within myself for motivation... I like things done in a systematic and planned way, am not a last minute person.

I like working out, my ideal day is when I have managed to spend at least two hours in the gym. I love the energy that comes with exercising. My biggest dream is to one day run a full marathon. I read too, this year am reading fantasy books… nothing serious.


I am the Finance Manager and work in Nairobi Kenya in the Global office. My work day since I started this job has never been boring. Financial reporting, overseeing implementation of policies and procedures, donor reporting, resource mobilization, Human resources and administration. I hold a very rich portfolio and I love the growth that I have had so far in my role.

I work in a team of wonderful highly motivated and supportive women. This ensures that I achieve the healthy work life balance that I so cherish.


ICW is celebrating 25years of sisterhood this year, For 25 years women have been resilient, creating spaces, occupying this spaces, amplifying voices to influence policies and issues affecting women living with HIV, because these many women were out there selflessly doing advocacy, facing ridicule, facing all types of obstacles; today young women and girls do not have to take that route anymore, they have better ways of advocating for policies.That’s why to me ICW is important.

The lived experiences shared and the benefits reaped for years of hard work is surely improving the quality of lives for women and young girls living with HIV.


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