Strengthening the Voice of HIV-Positive Women Using Drugs in South Asia
The purpose of the grant is to support the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW), an international network run by and for HIV positive women that promotes all our voices and advocates for changes that improve our lives.
Sexual and reproductive rights and violence against women are issues often not addressed by networks in the Asia Pacific region. Women's issues are often not prioritised by most networks of people living with HIV/AIDS. There is a need for HIV positive women to have their own identity as a network to be able to advocate for their realities and priorities, which are at the heart of the epidemic.
ICW Asia Pacific is willing to develop an advocacy plan by and for HIV positive women using drugs over the next two couple of months to come up with a comprehensive strategic and planning exercise leading to the implementation of a coherent programme and the creation of a Think Tank by and for women living with HIV/AIDS drug users in South Asia to critically review current policies and programmes and support current advocacy efforts to be more effective through HIV positive women drug users' involvement.