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June 2015

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ICW Updates

ICW calls for gender perspective in the UNAIDS Strategy Development process, the global staff in collaboration with the regions participated in the various feedback mechanism for the UNAIDS consultation on the strategy development. ICW also developed a briefing paper calling for UNAIDS to include gender specific language that translates into goal, actions and deliverables for women and girls living with HIV. As a result UNAIDS have committed to stronger consultation with women and girls and language and policy inclusion that means something to all of us. To read the interventions from the Global Multi Stakeholder Meeting in Geneva click here.

ICW Members were actively involved in numerous Candlelight Vigil events in countries around the world. In keeping with the Candlelight Memorial 2015 theme of ‘Supporting the future,’ ICW shared a statement calling on all policy makers, partners, stakeholders and communities to support the future of women and girls living with HIV by ensuring that policy and programming responds to their HIV prevention, sexual and reproductive health and rights needs; and begin to turn the tide in the high numbers of new HIV infections, stigma and discrimination and AIDS-related deaths experienced by women and girls all over the world. The Global Office participated in Kisumu, Kenya with NEPHAK, while sisters around the world joined hands to remember our loved ones. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, coordinated by the Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world. Started in 1983, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May and is led by a coalition of some 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries.

ISC member Deloris Dockrey and Global Staff attended the Post-2015 Civil Society Hearings at the UN Headquarters in New York, which provided an opportunity for key stakeholders to interact with country representatives. ICW continues to raise visibility for women and girls living with HIV throughout the Post-2015 process and ensure meaningful participation in the rollout of the new SDGs.

ICW had a dynamic meeting in Amsterdam with the HIV Young Leaders Fund team to discuss how to support young women and girls living with HIV in regions where women led projects are few. Jointly we drafted a concept note to support and build the ICW Chapter for Young Women, Adolescents and Girls as well as the HYLF two year projects that are led by young women predominately in the Southern African region but globally as well.

ICW participated in events for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) around the World on May 16th, 2015 In Kenya, Velvine Jobiese participated in the advocacy festivities with about 500 other stakeholders. The ICW Global Staff also created an internal Diversity Statement and Word Cloud that members are being encouraged to participate in developing and expanding. Click here for the news story.

On International HIV Vaccines Awareness Day ICW Global joined stakeholders and people living with HIV in calling on Researchers, Donors and Partners to Invest in an HIV Vaccine that works for women and girls to ensure ICW also joined IAVI and World AIDS Campaign in Nairobi in a series of activities to create awareness. To read the statement click here.

ICW published updated Position Statements on the Criminalization of HIV and Sex Work. Sex Workers, Sex Work and HIV was developed by ICW and supported by the Global Network of Sex Worker Projects (NSWP) following an Advocacy workshop presentation hosted by NSWP for ICW on the Rights of Sex Workers. While Criminalization of Women Living with HIV: Non-Disclosure, Exposure and Transmission has been updated from the position statement that ICW first published in 2008.

The Global Fund Partners’ Forum took place May 7-8th Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and ICW was part of the stakeholders who participated in partnership with other civil society and networks of people living with or affected by HIV, TB and/or Malaria as well as government representatives. Of importance to ICW is that Gender Equality strategy be realized in country level implementation and does not remain a boardroom discussion. It is also critical that community systems strengthening goes beyond service delivery but also include institutional strengthening of our networks to conduct advocacy and other watch dogging roles.

ICW in Action

This month the Members Advocacy Workshop this month included a full report back from the Global Staff team. For more information about the Monthly Advocacy Workshops please contact Jessica Whitbread at communityrelations@iamicw.org.

ICW launched a campaign to raise resources for the women’s networks on the ground in Nepal for their basic needs. ICW has set up an emergency relief fund called Woman to Woman to assist women living with HIV in emergency situations. To read more click here or visit the donation page directly.

ICW released a statement for Mother’s Day asking communities to stand in solidarity and support women living with HIV to claim their human rights to bodily autonomy and decisions about motherhood and family. To read more click here.

ICW continued to release regular Global Fund updates and share them with diverse stakeholders inclusive of membership and partners. 

Regional Updates

ICW Asia Pacific: ICWAP held a founding board member meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand to launch the process of registration in Thailand. The Thai Positive Women’s Network is playing a crucial role in supporting the networks development in the region. Ms Marama Pala ICWAP Co-chair attended and represented ICWAP at Consultation for Asia Pacific Communities and Civil Society on the Global Fund Strategy 2017-2021 and GF 5th Replenishment Strategy in Bangkok. ICWAP continues discussions on upcoming trainings with donors and partners.

ICW Caribbean: In Jamaica the team continues to host workshops and develop the national network. Four young women from Jamaica, mobilized to virtually participate in the Global Youth Strategy Planning Meeting in Nigeria. They drafted and submitted a proposal to mobilize young women and do SRHR advocacy in country.

ICW Eastern Africa: ICW Eastern Africa has been actively planning an event to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. To complement this they put out a statement about the violence in Burundi.

ICW Europe and Central Asia: The Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS was officially registered in Georgia and announced that Sveta Monrozo will be their regional coordinator. They are in the process of creating their constitution, as well as policies and procedures in order to align with ICW to be the regional affiliate. Regionally there have been proposals drafted to ensure a regional meeting in July to move forward with support from the Global Office.

ICW Latina: This month ICW Latina received approval of a multi-year, multi-country proposal for Global Fund work. This is a big piece of work that will strengthen not only the region but ICW as a whole family.

ICW MENA (MENA Rose): Regionally many countries participated in the AIDS Candlelight Memorial in Libya and Tunisia. In Tunisia, members gathered to acknowledge World Orphan’s Day on May7th.

ICW North America: ICWNA has developed a brochure to be used for informational and membership recruitment purposes and the second newsletter for 2015 was distributed. Karen Marcinczyk, Regional Coordinator and Deloris Dockery, Board Chair and ISC, gave two presentations at the Iris House Summit 2015, New York, New York, USA. The presentations were “The Intersection of Domestic Violence and HIV,” presented with the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, and “Meeting your Legislators.” Tracey Conway, Board Secretary, attended the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and presented: “National Women, Trans People and Girls HIV, Hepatitis C and Co-infection Health Research Summit,” “History of Positive Women in Research,” led the Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) Prevention and Vulnerable Populations core women’s group, and much more.

ICW West Africa: ICW led a national coalition-building meeting in Lagos, Nigeria to continue to build and strengthen the national SRHR and HIV women’s movements. This meeting continues to build on the partnership between ICW and WGNRR. The coalition is named SHEWE (Sexual Health Education for Women Living with HIV and AIDS) and ICW is supporting members to draft proposals for national advocacy projects.

CYWAG: On May 28th CYWAG made a statement for the International Day for Women’s Health and participated using social media in the WGNRR campaign. CYWAG member Consolata Opiyo participated in a civil society seminar on HIV Vaccine in commemoration of World Vaccine Day and Juliana Odindo represented CYWAG at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on May 25th – her video and speech will be on the website shortly.

In The Media


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Get Involved!

ICW Members Advocacy Workshop call

10th June, 2015 will be a special presentation on Criminalization of HIV disclosure, exposure and transmission by the Canadian HIV Legal Network. Please join us at 8am (NYC)/ 3pm (Nairobi). To join the call please contact Velvine at admin@iamicw.com

Other Upcoming Advocacy Workshops:

Wednesday, July 8th- UNAIDS PCB - Follow Up and Discussion about the UNAIDS Strategy Processes Wednesday, August 12th–Breast Feeding and HIV – Presentation and Discussion facilitated by Nicci Stein from the Teresa Group

WHO Revised Treatment Guidelines: Get Involved!

ICW is asking members and partners to get involved in the WHO guideline review process. The World Health Organization and partners is calling upon people living with HIV and affected communities interested in HIV treatment and prevention to participate in a short survey! The WHO HIV department is currently preparing an update of the 2013 consolidated guidelines for the use of antiretrovirals. The information you provide will be collected and summarized by the Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) for use in the WHO Guideline Development Group meeting to be held in June 2015. Get survey here. The information collected from the survey will also provide direction and content for the service delivery section of the Guideline. This survey contains 9 questions and should take as little as 10 minutes to complete. All your answers will be treated anonymously and confidentially. If you have any questions please contact Victoria Clarke, External Relations and Communications Officer at GNP+ at vclarke@gnpplus.net.

IAS Pathogens Conference 2015 in Vancouver, Canada

Register by May 7th to avoid late fees. http://www.ias2015.org/

This Month's Profile

Name: Juliet Akumu

Region: Eastern Africa, Mombasa County, Kenya

What She Does: I do community work mainly targeting young people living with HIV focusing on eradicating stigma among youth and always encouraging them to join or form support groups where they can get psychosocial support and also network with other organisations like ICW. 

Who She Is: I am a young woman living with HIV who is ready to assist youths in the issue of HIV. 

On Feminism: My feminism – I am known as a good woman’s advocate on the rights of young people living with HIV.

Why Is ICW Important: I believe that ICW is an organisation which is ready to work with adolescents living with HIV. So with that I believe we share the same objective, in relation to young women and with that we can go far. I am happy that ICW has a Chapter for Young Women, Adolescents and Girls so we as young people can support each other. 

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