ICW Launch Vision Papers at Bangkok Conference, 2004
The International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) announces the publication of six new important resources for HIV positive women and their supporters. Conference participants will be able to pick up copies at the ICW Booth, number 202. If you will not be at the conference, you can download your copies below:
New Publications: Words and Visions into Action
The International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) announces the publication of six new important resources for HIV positive women and their supporters. You can download all the documents further down this web page.
Five new Vision Papers outline ICW's position on HIV and the global response to the pandemic, using a human rights framework. Written with direct input from HIV positive women, these clearly written and attractively produced publications offer timely information and clarify ICW's position on a number of themes of vital interest to HIV positive women. They are intended to be informative and to serve as tools for advocates and activists -whether HIV positive women or their supporters.
'I tried to do a local business but it ended because of stigma. I started selling food, but because people knew my status they did not buy them: because they were things to be eaten, people thought they would catch HIV.'
(ICW member from Africa)
These words of an ICW member are part of a growing collection of voices that show how HIV/AIDS and inequality are inseparable. We are dismayed that the views of HIV positive women continue to be ignored in decision-making that affects our lives.
'I was not informed about HIV/AIDS or reproductive health issues until when I got married and got infected by my husband during my first sexual intercourse. In India it is very difficult for young women and girls to talk about sex or to even negotiate for safer sex.' (ICW Trustee, India).
ICW has brought together evidence from its participatory research and testimonies from members, on five of the most pressing HIV-related issues. You can download the Vision papers in English, French and Spanish here or from the ICW publications page:
Les Jeunes Femmes Séropositives
Accès à la Prise en charge, au Traitement et au Soutien (APTS)
Les Femmes Séropositives, la Pauvreté et l’Inégalité des Genres
Les Femmes Séropositives et les Droits de la Personne
Participation et Elaboration de Politiques – Nos droits
HIV Positive Young Women
Access to Care, Treatment and Support (ACTS)
HIV Positive Women, Poverty and Gender Inequality
HIV Positive Women and Human Rights
Participation and Policy Making: Our Rights
Mujeres Jóvenes Seropositivas
Acceso a Atención, Tratamiento y Apoyo (AATA)
Mujeres Seropositivas, Pobreza y Desigualdad de Género
Mujeres Seropositivas y Derechos Humanos
Participación y Creación de Políticas – Nuestros Derechos
The five Vision Papers outline the relevancy of these issues to HIV positive women's lives. We want these Vision Papers to be used when advocating and organising around ICW's visions and objectives and by those who seek to influence and challenge current and future responses to HIV.
ICW also recognise that policy-makers will benefit from hearing the collective voice of our members so we have also produced a new publication for them.
This publication offers an in-depth analysis of how gender, sex, HIV/AIDS, and our experiences as HIV positive women are indivisible. It is generously illustrated by the voices of women living with HIV/AIDS from around the world and offers relevant and clear ways organisations can respond to the pandemic which take into account the global diversity of the lives of women, young women, children, men, and boys who are living with HIV/AIDS. A list of practical steps is included at the end of the publication which shows what can be done to ensure that the human rights of HIV positive women are met.
Visibilité, Voix et Visions: un Appel à l'Áction Lancé par les femmes séropositives aux dirigeants politiques
Visibility, Voices and Visions: A Call for Action from HIV positive women to policy makers
Visibilidad, Voces y Visiones: una Llamada a la Acción de mujeres seropositivas a los dirigentes
ICW believes all six of its new publications make a valuable and useful contribution to the fight against AIDS and for the rights of HIV positive women. Words are important, but ICW wants its words to be translated into action. Please insure by your actions that the new ICW Vision Papers get the publicity they deserve.
The five Vision Papers for advocates are 8 pages each in an A-5 format. The policy maker document is 24 pages in an A-4 format.