International Women’s Day 2015 Call To Action
ICW calls on global policy makers to 'Make it Happen' for women and girls living with HIV.
February 7, 2015 - International Women's Day is a time for women living with HIV to celebrate individual and shared acts of courage and determination by ICW members worldwide who play an
extraordinary role every day in securing the rights of women living with HIV. It also a day to collectively reflect on
the progress we have made together and the work left to be done to achieve equality and improve the lives of women
living with HIV.
This year's theme, Make it Happen: Encouraging Effective Action for Advancing and Recognizing Women , envisions a world where
every woman and girl can exercise her rights to participate in politics, to get an education, to decide whether and when to
have children, to economic opportunity and to live free from violence and discrimination.
This year, International Women's Day will highlight the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for
Action—a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments that sets the agenda for realizing women's rights. Although the
Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action marked a significant turning point in the global agenda for gender
equality, substantial gaps persist for many women and particularly women living with HIV.
As we envision the world we want for women 20 years from now, we must address the diverse and intersecting needs of women
living with HIV. This is the time to uphold ICW achievements, recognize challenges, and continue to prioritize issues that
impact us most, including our sexual and reproductive health and rights, criminalization, coercive treatment, forced
and coerced sterilization, and violence against women, and make strides toward economic justice.
Critically, we must ensure the meaningful involvement of women and adolescent girls living with HIV within the decisions that
affect our lives. The International Community of Women Living with HIV issues a call to action to the global community to
Make it Happen to ensure that women living with HIV in all our diversity are at the heart of movements for change.
Together we can Make it Happen .
Download our Call-to-Action International Women's Day 2015 Poster A4 Size (546 KB) and International Women's Day 2015 Poster US Size (546 KB) posters.
Reproduced with permission - "ICW: The International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS"
ICW: The International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS
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