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March 2015 snapshot
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February 2015

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This month the Members Advocacy Working Group had a dynamic discussion on the rights of trans people in relation to HIV. The group was diverse and made ambitious suggestions on how to make ICW a more trans inclusive network. A group was formed to work on a discussion paper on the issues of trans women and HIV for ICW. For more information on transgender rights check out GATE.

ICW intervened in the forced and coerced sterilization case in Kenya. Maurine Murenga led this process with the help from the legal staff and on the ground team. Find Out More >

ICW participated in the #All in Ending Adolescent AIDS launch with our Jr. Advocacy and Communications Assistant, Consolata Opiyo, giving the key note address on Behalf of Adolescents and young people. Read More >

ICW was in attendance and Maurine Murenga gave a dynamic presentation on women living with HIV at World Council of Churches Conference at the Ebola Pre-Conference – in Nairobi. This has led to further dialogue and efforts to support the work that is jointly being done in the West Africa region.

Express, Share and Support

LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN: Romance Starts at Home (LPW) is a two-week holiday from February 1 – 14th. This year there were over 85 different actions that we captured reaching and engaging thousands of ICW members and our partners. Some highlights were that Visual AIDS, Genderfest and a number of other individuals and institutions created over 500+ handmade valentines made and sent to women living with HIV all over the world. The WHO, ICASO, IAS, WGNRR and a number of other partners made beautiful posters and created social media campaigns for LPW as well as fun all staff photos from POZ Magazine, the Canadian HIV AIDS Legal Network and Hope, Love, Faith in the Ukraine.

While communities in every region participated, there was a lot of enthusiasm from networks and individuals in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It was even on the NEWS in Kazakhstan. To find out more about all the gestures of love please visit and ‘like’ the LPW Facebook page.

Post 2015 Engagement at UN Headquarters in NYC

ICW continues to be heavily engaged in the final sages of the Post 2015 development agenda discussions. This month we travelled to NYC where Teresia Otieno engaged with governments and actively participated in coalition meetings to advocate for the inclusion of issues that impact women living with HIV. Keep us on the agenda! Read More >

Global Fund

Global Fund engagement and capacity building has been a high priority for ICW. In February, ICW facilitated its new Global Fund capacity building workshop in Jamaica, where 14 jointly participated in mapping and strategic planning for how to be better able to participate in their country dialogues. In addition to this, ICW participated in the Global Fund’s strategic Planning Meeting in China. It was excellent to have so many women living with HIV around the table.

ICW Policies and Procedures

ICW has been busy drafting policies and procedures to strengthen our internal structures. These pieces of work are currently being led by the Human Resources Working Group and the International Steering Committee as the governing body of ICW.

Key Populations Strategic Planning

ICW’s Rebecca Matheson participated in a multi stakeholder key populations strategic planning meeting hosted by UNAIDS in Geneva. Read More >

In The Media

ICW women

Get Involved!

Forced and Coerced Sterilization Working Group Call

To join the call please contact Sophie at humanrights@iamicw.org

CSW Events

Forced and Coerced Sterilization: A Global Violation of the Human Rights of Marginalized Women, Girls and Transgendered Men

18th March 2015 from 1:15–2:30pm UN General Assembly Building – Conference Room 11

To register please contact humanrights@iamicw.org

Regional ICASA (Tunisia) and ICAAP (Bangladesh), and the IAS Pathogens Conference (Vancouver, Canada) Abstracts and Scholarships open.

This Month's Profile

Name: Olena Stryzhak

Region: Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

What She Does: Works for better life for HIV-positive women and girls.

Who She Is: A happy positive woman and a fierce women’s and treatment activist from the Ukraine. Last year her and her organization, All-Ukrainian Network People living with HIV was awarded the Red Ribbon Award at AIDS 2014 in Melbourne. She is the European and Central Asia representative on the ICW International Steering Committee.

On Feminism: Equal rights and opportunities for women and men in the world

Why Is ICW Important: It's my family:) It's a great women's power!!!

ICW women

Regional Updates

ICW Asia Pacific

ICWAP although in the process of Registration have been proceeding with proposals supported by ICW Global office for work on FCS and School of Feminism. They also supported their beautiful ICWAP members to celebrate LPW. 10 women from the region participated in the Communities Delegation to the Global Fund on HIV,TB and Malaria meeting in China.

ICW Caribbean

JCW+ participated in a Global Fund training with 14 women. This was build on Feminist Movement Building workshop that was completed in January. The region also drafted a concept note to strengthen the regional ICW connections and to increase the amount of women living with HIV participating.

ICW Europe and Central Asia

UN Women Multi-country office in Kazakhstan (Central Asia) provides financial support to capacity development of networks and groups of women living with and affected by HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). At this meeting the region participated collective in LPW.


MENA Rose is jointly working with the Global office to help build their internal structures in the region.

ICW North America

ICWNA sent out its second quarterly newsletter, the first for 2015. We also initiated our ongoing/anonymous ICWNA Membership Demographic Survey. It was sent to all current members and will be offered as an option for all new members. In Toronto, Love Positive Women was celebrated with a Burlesque Show featuring women living with HIV and an outreach event at George Brown College. In Victoria, British Columbia women gathered to make Valentines for women living with HIV in Boston, Massachusetts as well as a group Valentine to a daughter whose mom was living with HIV and died 20 years ago.

ICW West Africa

West Africa: members from Togo just concluded the development of one year operational plan which will be implemented in all the communities in Togo, the meeting took place in Lome with the support from ICW West Africa, UNAIDS and other CSOs, the major issues discussed was to ensure that Women living with HIV  engage meaningfully in the NFM for Global fund, most especially issues that affect vulnerable Girls and capacity development.

The Chapter for Young Women, Adolescents and Girls

CYWAG are meeting regularly in the secret Facebook group. If you want to join please send a message to admin@iamicw.org