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ICW International Steering Committee (ISC) Announces Leadership Changes

Released date: 10-May-2018

The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) has been undergoing a process of strengthening our internal governance and communications policies and practices, including prioritizing a strong focus on and commitment to, the best interests of the diverse women living with HIV in our networks around the world. To ensure the success of the organization and to effectively achieve our vision and mission we have recently made some necessary changes to our leadership within the International Steering Committee.

ICW’s International Steering Committee (ISC) takes its responsibilities to represent the interests of women living with HIV globally and its duties as stewards of ICW’s vision and mission extremely seriously. Transparent and accountable leadership sometimes necessitates making difficult decisions to fulfil our fiduciary and oversight duties and act in the best interest of the whole of the network. After a process of dialogue and very careful consideration and discussion, several ISC members have been stepped down. These ISC members were stepped down as a result of serious failures to meet with their agreed duties as members of the International Steering Committee which has resulted in harm to the organization.

In the coming weeks, there may be misinformation and rumours going around about the events leading up to these necessary changes. In the interest of transparency, we share that this decision was unavoidable and was not taken lightly. We look forward to a new and committed set of ISC members representing our regions joining us shortly.

The selection of new ISC members to fill these seats remains ongoing and will be led by our regional networks. ICW is entering a new phase of increasing accountability and as such will be effecting changes to strengthen our governance and programming to ensure the organization is sustainable in to the future. Over the next year, ICW will focus on strengthening our core competencies and expanding our programming to better meet the on-the-ground needs of the networks of women living with HIV and key populations constituencies we represent globally.

We reinforce to ICW members, our strengthened commitment towards our mission and realizing our vision which is premised on inclusivity, mutual respect and collaborative partnership in service to women and girls, particularly, women and girls living with HIV.


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