PAPWC is an advocacy platform organised around influencing community, national, regional, continental and global processes relating to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The platform draws its inspiration from (and is guided by) the UNAIDS strategy 2011-2015, “Getting to Zero”. Through various initiatives, PAPWC provides the AIDS and development communities a unique regional platform for accelerating achievement of the Political Declaration recommendations, targets and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), engaging in setting the agenda for post 2015 and women`s empowerment programmes.
PAPWC supports women living with HIV by providing wellness programmes regarding non-communicable diseases, which affect their health with a view to create awareness and long term solutions which will result in improving their general health through the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The advocacy of the coalition is centred at the African Union and regional blocks in Africa. Members of PAPWC are networks of women living with HIV in all the countries in the African Union. PAPWC’s activities targets women and girls and focus on promoting access to treatment, EMTCT, capacity building of networks of women living with HIV, leadership for young women, gender and sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls.
International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa Region (ICW EA)
ICW EA is affiliated to the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), which aims to respond to challenges faced by women living with HIV including, but not limited to, lack of information on positive women’s issues and lack of representation by and for positive women. The international network gives visibility to positive women and networks of positive women for action on issues at the heart of HIV/AIDS pandemic such as gender, Access to Care Treatment and Support (ACTS) and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). The network offers a platform for positive women to share their experiences and realities in addition to driving advocacy based on evidence from research led by and for positive women.
ICW East Africa Region was established in 2005 out of a recommendation of 2003-2007 ICW International Strategic Plan (ISP) in an effort for the network get closer to the membership. The organisation is officially registered as a non-Governmental organization and covers Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
ICWEA supports women living with HIV, with a focus on young women, to stand up for their rights, which are often violated. They also support efforts to influence their environment to catalyse societal change. The organisation’s membership is free and open to all interested women living with HIV in east Africa, recognising that women living with HIV come from diverse backgrounds. Other forms of ICWEA membership includes networks/groups of people living with HIV, partner organisations and supporters of our work/friends of ICWEA.
African Young Positives Network (AY+) is a regional network (covering Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Lesotho) for and by young people living with HIV and AIDS, launched in 2011 out of a pertinent need for a platform to strengthen the engagement of young men and women living with HIV to take charge, lead the process and protect their human rights and for greater and meaningful involvement of young people living with HIV in the response. Since its inception in 2011, AY+ has been driven by an underlying philosophy that young men and women living with HIV are not ‘just beneficiaries but great contributors to the AIDS Success Story”. They refuse to be treated as being ‘vulnerable’ but rather demand that young people living with HIV be recognized and engaged as key actors and partners that are a solution and critical resource to achieve the 90-90-90 Strategy. They mobilise young people living with HIV into national networks, build their capacity to engage policy makers and influence the HIV response in their communities but also link them with our partners in their countries to address human rights challenges facing key populations.
Gender Dynamix (GDX) strives for a joint advocacy capacity enhancement to advance the rights of trans, gender-non conforming and intersex people so as to combat HIV, stigma, exclusion, marginalization and discrimination. This is implemented through the regional work (covering Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Seychelles, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Tanzania) done by the organization as well as in partnership with the Southern Africa Trans Forum.