ICW Global emerged to look for answers facing the desperate lack of support, information and services available. It was also born to promote the involvement of women in the spaces where public policies are discussed and where the decisions that affect the life of thousands of people who live with the virus are made.
Since 2007 ICW Global promotes the worldwide campaign MORE PEACE LESS AIDS. It considers that peace is an essential tool to stop the advance of the pandemic. And it has become the first NGO that broadens the social response to HIV that is admitted as an international partner of the International Peace Bureau (IPB). Patricia Pérez, Chair of the network, has been nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize in six occasions.
As a network, we exist to contribute towards securing and improving the quality of life for women living with HIV; including and not limited to:
. Informed recognition of human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
. Meaningful involvement at local, national, regional and international levels in the entire process
that leads to decisions, and the implementation and monitoring of policies and programmes that affect the lives of women living with HIV.
. Universal access to prevention, care, support and treatment services and information.
. Sexual and reproductive health and rights, and freedom of choice regarding sexual identity and practice.
. Universal access to economic and legal rights.
. Mentoring and building on the participation and involvement of young positive women.
In 2012 ICW Global celebrates its 20th anniversary. Today it continues to be the only worldwide network led and integrated by HIV positive women, girls, adolescents and young women. Currently, more than 15,000 women in 120 countries from the 5 continents are part of this organization. They belong to different cultures, they speak different languages, they have all ages, they profess the most varied religions, regardless of their economic or social status. The love for life joins them. It makes them equal. And strong. It encourages them to repeat over and over again: “NOTHING FOR US WITHOUT US.”