ICW is honoured and proud to be the only international network which strives to share with the global community the experiences, views and contributions of 19 million incredible women worldwide, who are also HIV positive.

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The ICW International Support Office in London was closed from 1st December 2009. This site is retained as an archive.

Please visit http://www.icwglobal.org/ for information about current activites.

 

Notice of closure of the International Support Office of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW)

                       

Dear members & friends,

ICW has been through a difficult period in the last year. There has been considerable disagreement within the governance bodies and staff group over the future direction of the charity.

Following discussions between the UK trustees, staff and the International Steering Committee, and taking on board the recommendations of external evaluations, it appears that the option that is likely to receive the greatest degree of unanimity amongst the governance bodies, staff and members, is to wind down the operations of the International Support Office in the UK.

We the trustees of ICW UK have now passed a resolution to wind up the UK charity, and its operations will be brought to an end over the next month. The International Support Office in London will be closed from 1st December 2009.

The International Support Office in London is not the only part of the ICW network, and we hope that the members and regional offices of ICW will continue their essential work into the future. Contact details for the regional offices and representatives of ICW are provided here.

We plan for the ICW website to continue to operate until the end of 2010, although the content will not be updated. Please make use of any of the resources you find here.

To comply with UK legislation on data protection and to protect the confidentiality of personal membership data, we will delete the membership records held in the ISO London office.

We hope that you will wish to continue your membership of ICW. If you wish to maintain your membership, please download a copy of the ICW membership form from the ICW website, and send the completed form to the local ICW office or International Steering Group representative for your region.

If you are not an ICW Member but are a Friend of ICW, and would like to continue to receive information on the activities of other parts of the ICW network, please also contact your local regional office or International Steering Group member.

The documents and materials that ICW has produced over the years are being collected by former members and staff to be preserved in public archives in the UK, so that they will be available for researchers and other interested parties in the future. More details on where these archives are to be placed will be circulated to members and friends over the coming months.

We would like to wish the new structure success and hope you all find a happy home with them.

Thank you for your support over the years.

Yours Sincerely,

ICW UK Board of Trustees

3rd December 2009

Photos from the October 20th March in Namibia

           Women and baby marching for an end to forced sterilization

           Marching for an end to forced sterilization.  

A large number of people participated in the march to Katutura Hospital. To see more photos and get more information visit http://endforcedsterilisation.wordpress.com/

Petition: End Forced Steralisation of HIV Positive Women

The sterilisation of women living with HIV without their informed consent in Namibia is an emerging human rights issue and the extent of the problem is yet to be discovered.

HIV Positive Women Forced Into Sterilization Fight for Their Rights in Court

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HIV Positive Women Forced Into Sterilization Fight for Their Rights in Court

Monday October 19th 2009 – Windhoek, Namibia. In 2007 the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS began documenting the forced and coerced sterilization of HIV positive women. This week 3 of the 15 women who have been sterilized by the Namibian government will have their day in court. They are the first of many brave positive women who have stepped forward to fight for their reproductive rights in court.

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