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Report of Young Women’s Strategy Meeting 2015

In April 28 and 29 2015, Twenty two young women activists in the HIV and SRHR fields came together from Nigeria, India, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Russia, Jamaica, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Vietnam, in the aim of meaningfully improving the provision of SRHR services for all, including women living with HIV.

As part of a Nigeria-based project to facilitate a strong, inclusive SRHR movement that fully addresses the needs of women living with HIV. The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), Women’s Global Networks for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), and ICW West Africa convened a Young Women´s Strategy.

Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria. The objectives of the meeting were to:

  • bring together national and international young women advocates, who will develop a global strategy and means of collaboration spring-boarding from Nigeria, to culminate in a global demand for change on days of action in 2015, ending on World AIDS Day December 1st, 2015;
  • develop a shared understanding and enhance global recognition of SRHR violations faced by women living with HIV (both in Nigeria and worldwide), share real life testimonies from young women in Nigeria and around the world, and empower women living with HIV in the process of advocating for their SRHR, demanding that the SRHR needs of women living with HIV, with a particular focus on young women, be met throughout their lives and not just in the context of vertical transmission.

We share the report of the meeting and hope it can be used to support SRHR advocacy initiatives for adolescent girls and young women especially those living with HIV.