West Africa

International Community of Women Living with HIV launched in Nigeria

At a meeting held in Abuja on Saturday 31st August 2008 by the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW+) during a CEDPA leadership training workshop, all thirty four women present, including the National Coordinator, national secretary and two zonal coordinators of the Association of Women Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (ASWHAN) called for ICW+ to start an arm of the Global Women's network.

The Nigerian women present said it was time for their efforts to be linked to the international campaign and their voice heard at the global level. Nigerian women living with HIV identified the following as core areas needing immediate attention:       

1. Building the capacity of women living with HIV to play primary roles in HIV programming in Nigeria

2. Breech of confidentiality, stigma and discrimination in health care facilities

3. Integration of Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights with existing HIV services

4. Silence around sexual abuse of young girls and violence targeted at women living with HIV

5. Marginalization of Women living with HIV in Nigeria

The women present at this meeting voted in an interim Steering Committee to move ICW Nigeria forward. The elected women and their locations are

v     Temitayo Oyedemi - Chair ( Lagos )

v     Amina Mohammed - Vice Chair ( Kano )

v     Assumpta Reginald - Secretary (Nasarawa)

v     Josephine Echie - Asst secretary ( Port Harcourt )

v     Lois Gundu - Treasurer (Jos)

Temitayo Oyedemi, the ICW Chair, works for Positive Action for Treatment Access (PATA) where ICW Nigeria will temporarily operate from. Rolake Odetoyinbo will provide support, technical advice and capacity building for the new ICW Nigeria Steering Committee and members. Ann Ntombela from ICW South Africa and Morolake Odetoyinbo facilitated the meeting.

ICW is open to ALL women living with HIV. Complete a membership form to join.

You can mail the form directly or send in a signed copy if you want to register with ICW Nigeria and all forms will be sent to ICW International. All personal information is kept with strictest confidentiality.

The Chair, ICW Nigeria,

Temitayo Oyedemi

Positive Action for Treatment Access (PATA)

1st Floor Holy Trinity Hospital Plaza
Adesina Street,
Off Obafemi Awolowo Way,
Ikeja. Lagos
Nigeria
Tel: +234-1-8993426
www.pata-nigeria.com

temibos@gmail.com

Previous ICW project in the region... 

VOICES AND CHOICES - BUILDING KNOWLEDGE OF HIV POSTIIVE WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN WEST AFRICA

Positive Women: Voices & Choices (Zimbabwe, Thailand, Francophone Africa) Voices and Choices was a project led by positive women to explore the impact of HIV on their sexual well being and reproductive rights, and to promote improvements in policy and practice. ICW worked with national networks and organisations in these countries, including the Women and Support Network in Zimbabwe, Power-of- Life and Mahidol University in Thailand, and REVS+ in Burkina Faso. Reports from the projects are available on the research and documentation page.