To empower women living with HIV in Latin America to demand their right to access comprehensive HIV services that address their needs.
Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru
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.
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.