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Women, Human Rights and HIV

Women, Human Rights and HIV

Aim

To empower women living with HIV in Latin America to demand their right to access comprehensive HIV services that address their needs.

Where

Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru

Why

Women with HIV in Latin America face the burden of the disease in a context of gender inequality and violence against women, without being prioritized by the national responses to HIV, except during pregnancy to prevent vertical transmission.

How

Women with HIV are organized by ICW Latina to lobby and advocate for policy changes (pdf) necessary to create an enabling environment for themselves. They especially demand greater attention for their sexual and reproductive rights and for an end to violence and human rights violations against women with HIV. They work in alliance and coordination with other women’s organizations and networks, and define a political agenda to influence regional decision-making bodies. ICW Latina sets up empowerment groups of women with HIV and strengthens their technical, political and administrative knowledge and capacities. This helps women monitor services more systematically and gather information to feed their advocacy strategies.

Results so far

A regional legal and policy mapping website on sexual and reproductive rights violence and HIV has been launched, and ten national advocacy plans and a regional plan have been drawn up and are being implemented with promising results. ICW Latina is successfully advocating for the needs and rights of women with HIV in “new” regional spaces related to women’s rights (e.g. Grupo Impulsor del Consenso de Montevideo). One hundred twenty-four women with HIV have been trained to become facilitators of empowerment groups using a methodology based on theater; 62 empowerment groups are active in 11 countries; Bolivia’s ICW chapter has been reactivated and a chapter of young and adolescent women with HIV in Latina America has been launched.

Period and budget

2016-2018, US$ 4.3 million

Donor and partners

The International Community of Women with HIV (ICW Latina) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria