ICW's Global Strategic Direction
According to global data, the 17.8 million women living with HIV account for 51% of the 36.7 million people living with HIV. In 2016 1.8 million people became newly infected with HIV, with a more pronounced difference in new infection among younger people. New infections among women aged 15 to 24 years old was 44% higher than that of men aged 15-24 years old . The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW)’s Global Strategy for 2018-2023 was developed with these stark realities foregrounded in our hearts and minds. Our strategy was developed through a series of consultations with internal and external stakeholders, including a face to face facilitated workshop held in November 2017 with global and regional staff and board members, and a further face-to-face planning and validation meeting with global and regional staff and board members held in February 2018. Our new strategy has emerged after collective and individual reflection, analysis, strategic thinking, decision making and prioritisation. It is the second global strategic plan since the ICW Global Office’s relocation to Nairobi and follows on from the successful implementation of the first that guided our work between 2014 and 2017.The process of developing this global plan has further strengthened our organisational solidarity and coherence. The resulting strategy builds on our lessons and achievements from the last strategic period.
In January, 2020 the Reform Working Group meet in Amsterdam, to pave a way forward for ICW. At this meeting a unanimous decision was made to readapt the Strategic Plan and move forward with this as our continued guiding document.