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Call for Proposals: Fund for Women’s Property and Inheritance Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS

UNIFEM (part of UN Women), with the generous contribution of the Canadian International Development Agency, today launches a Call for Proposals for the Fund for Women’s Property and Inheritance Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS. The Fund will provide small, catalytic grants totaling US$700,000 in 2010 to grassroots and community-based organizations or networks in sub-Saharan Africa working to improve women’s access to property and inheritance rights within the context of HIV/AIDS. Continue reading


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Event (DC): What Did the 2010 International AIDS Conference Mean for Women?

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 2-4 pm 122 Cannon House Office Building Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Join the Women and Gender Working Group of the Global AIDS Roundtable in conjunction with the Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee for a review and discussion of the 2010 International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Vienna.

Recognizing that women have unique needs when it comes to HIV/AIDS, there was much to celebrate at the IAC this year, but there is still more we need to know, learn, and do. From the Global Fund to USAID to the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, what impact did the conference have on their plans for initiatives and programs? How did the Millennium Development Goals Summit help to identify the essential interconnection between HIV/AIDS and other issues for meeting the MDGs for women? As the planning begins for the U.S. to host the 2012 IAC; advocates, elected officials, and program implementers all have a role in ensuring the needs of all women are included, respected, and advanced. Continue reading


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Funding: Call for Proposals for the Fund for Women’s Property and Inheritance Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS

UNIFEM (part of UN Women), with the generous contribution of the Canadian International Development Agency, today launches a Call for Proposals for the Fund for Women’s Property and Inheritance Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS. The Fund will provide small, catalytic grants totalling US$700,000 in 2010 to grassroots and community-based organizations or networks in sub-Saharan Africa working to improve women’s access to property and inheritance rights within the context of HIV/AIDS.  Women’s property ownership and inheritance rights can play a significant role in potentially breaking the cycle of AIDS and poverty. There is growing evidence to suggest that where women’s property rights are upheld, women acting as heads and/or primary caregivers of HIV/AIDS-affected households are better able to mitigate the impact of AIDS on their families and communities and can also help prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS. Realistic and workable strategies at the grassroots have demonstrated that increasing women’s economic security and empowerment, increases their negotiating power in the household and is a means to reduce their physical and social vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. Interested applicants from sub-Saharan Africa are invited to apply. The Call for Proposals opens on 20 September 2010 and will close on 20 October 2010.


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News: On World Population Day, Women Remain Empty Handed

On World Population Day, for women living in the developing world, having a child can be dangerous. Lack of financing, poor infrastructure, and broken supply chains mean that women are often unable to get basic supplies that ensure a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery. A new documentary, Empty Handed: Responding to the Demand for Contraceptives, and two case studies from Population Action International show how ongoing challenges in obtaining reproductive health supplies can have devastating consequences, including unsafe abortions, difficulties in spacing and delaying pregnancy, and increased risks of HIV/AIDS and other STIs.


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News: African Studies Give Women Hope in H.I.V. Fight

By CELIA W. DUGGER NY Times

VULINDLELA, South Africa — With an AIDS vaccine still out of reach, two rigorous new studies have found different ways to sharply cut H.I.V. infections among women and schoolgirls, who make up a majority of the newly infected in sub-Saharan Africa.

Women who used a vaginal microbicidal gel containing an antiretroviral medication were 39 percent less likely over all to contract H.I.V. than those who used a placebo.

After two decades in which researchers searched fruitlessly for an effective vaginal microbicide to block H.I.V., South African scientists working in two AIDS-devastated communities of South Africa, one rural and one urban, say they have finally found something that shows real promise. Continue reading


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Event:Tackling HIV related Stigma and Discrimination in South Asia Lessons Learned

The World Bank South Asia AIDS Team & ICRW invite you to attend the following event at the 37th annual Global Health Council Conference on International Health

Tackling HIV related Stigma and Discrimination in South Asia: Lessons Learned

When: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Although HIV prevalence in South Asia is low overall, HIV is still on the rise among vulnerable and often marginalized groups such as sex workers and their clients, injecting drug users and their partners, and men having sex with men who are particularly at risk for HIV. Stigma and other barriers impede efforts to reach those most in need of prevention, care and treatment services. A competitive grants program, “The South Asia Regional Development Marketplace: Tackling Stigma and Discrimination,” supported innovative approaches for reducing stigma and discrimination in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, engaging a broad spectrum of marginalized groups, the media and religious leaders.

RSVP by May 28 to Laura Brady at lbrady@icrw.org or 202-742-1232.


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News: Gender and Global Fund Negotiations

Good blog post at Global Health Policy Blog

Slender on Gender: Global Fund Round 8 and 9 Proposals


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Resources: (English & French) A Practical Guide to Integrating Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS into Grant Proposals to the Global Fund

Karen Hardee, Jill Gay and Elisha Dunn-Georgiou

Integrating RH and HIV can greatly contribute to mitigating the AIDS pandemic by reducing unintended pregnancy; preventing perinatal transmission; expanding to more target groups; reducing gender based violence; meeting the needs of people living with HIV and providing our youth with the knowledge and services they need. Whether to integrate, how to integrate and exactly what to integrate will depend on a country’s epidemiological profile, policies and program structures.

Experience with implementation of integration initiatives in countries around the world shows that scale up and sustainability requires attention to policy and program operations issues. This document, with links to a range of resources, will help CCMs, civil society organizations and others developing proposals for the Global Fund that contribute to preventing HIV and mitigating the effects of the AIDS pandemic through programs that link and integrate RH and HIV/AIDS.

For more information


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Event (DC): Expanding Stigma-Reduction Strategies to Strengthen HIV Programs: The Case of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission

Don’t miss ICRW’s next Insight to Action seminar, Wednesday, March 31, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m
Reducing stigma and discrimination can dramatically improve the lives of people affected by HIV. With more than 33 million people living with the virus and an estimated 2.7 million new infections in 2008, the need for intensified action has never been greater. Scaling up current efforts to reduce stigma would also optimize investments in HIV prevention, care and treatment.

However, funding realities mean prioritizing investments. And increasingly, decisions about where to invest rely on data about the likely costs and effects of programs.  So a key question is just how much does stigma-reduction interventions affect outcomes, such as preventing infections or deaths?

ICRW’s Laura Nyblade and Cathy Zimmerman of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine will present new findings that estimate the potential impact of stigma on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs. Findings suggest one-third to one-half of mother-to-child transmission may be attributed to stigma.  The presenters also will discuss the facilitators and barriers to expanding the response to stigma.

When: March 31, 2010

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: ICRW, 1120 20th Street N.W., Suite 500 North Washington, D.C. 20036

This is a brown bag seminar, with drinks and light snacks provided. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Traci Eckhaus at teckhaus@icrw.org or call 202.742.1259.


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Multimedia: Mary’s Story Life in Rural Malawi

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the World Agroforestry Centre and the International Livestock Research Centre (ILRI) have produced a short film.  Set in rural Malawi, the six minute film follows the life of Mary, a widow with 8 children. Her struggles are struggles of millions of women throughout the world.  The film is adapted from Trees for Life which was screened during the opening of the 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry.