ICW Latin America

ICW Latina have their own website and all information about their activities can be found there.

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PATRICIA PEREZ, VICEPRESIDENT OF THE COALITION OF FIRST LADIES
The Latin American Coalition of First Ladies and Women Leaders celebrated, in Mexico prior to the XVII International AIDS Conference, its fifth meeting since its creation in 2006, under the slogan ‘Preventing the feminisation of the epidemic’. Participating in the meeting were the president of the coalition Xiomara Castro de Zelaya from Honduras, Margarita Zavala from Mexico, Lina Moreno de Uribe from Colombia and Surinam and Anita Maria Venetiaan-Vanenburg, together with 307 government leaders, UN officials from 22 countries in the region, and the national representatives of ICW Latina. The Coalition released an eleven point document among those present who are committed to creating in society a culture of non-violence against women in a human rights framework, ratifying ICW’s campaign ‘More Peace, Less AIDS’ to reduce the impact that HIV / AIDS has on women. Also seeking to promote the participation of women, girls and adolescents living with HIV / AIDS, with a focus on women who are members of ICW Latina, and in line with the principle of MIPA (Meaningful Involvement of People living with HIV / AIDS).

LAUNCH OF BOOK AND VIDEO ABOUT ICW AND THE LIVES OF THIRTY HIV POSTIVE WOMEN
The books ‘And I didn’t even cry’ and ‘Code for Life; history of women united against AIDS’, and the CD ‘Women for life’ were launched in the Lunario of the Mexican National Auditorium in the presence of Teresa Rodriguez, regional director of UNIFEM, Vivian Lopez, UNICEF representative, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, first lady of Honduras, Patricia Perez, Marina Soto and Arely Cano, members of the regional secretariat of ICW Latina, and Mario Bronfman of the Ford Foundation. ‘Code for Life’ brings together testimonies, experiences and the thoughts of Latin American women together with many others from Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania, and in turn aims to be a political tool, because the AIDS problem is political, points out the text produced by ICW. The Honduran girl and member of ICW, Keren, whose testimony to life is included in ‘And I didn’t even cry’, was at the presentation and gave her thanks to ICW Latina for being with her since she was 9 years old and to the First Lady of Honduras for her support. The singer Ricardo Montaner, UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador, sent a message of support to ICW, and at the close of the event those present, holding hands, listened to the song ‘Women for life’, ICW Latina’s anthem, played by Giannina Giunta, Daniela Mercury, Adrián Goizueta and Adrián Barilari. Video available at www.icw.org. For copies of the book contact ICW Latina.

WORKSHOP ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND HIV/AIDS ORGANISED BY ICW LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN, 6-11 OF NOVEMBER, 2006, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
More than 60 women living with HIV/AIDS, from 17 countries in Latin America took part in a meeting to agree on national and regional strategies to fight the social problem of HIV/AIDS. Declaration from the meeting.

VOCES POSITIVAS – CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN, NOVEMBER 2003
HIV positive women from 12 countries in the region participated in a innovative process of empowerment and training which they now replicate in their home countries. For more information see ICW News Issue 25.