Please join us just before ICASA, from 5-6 December (starting with dinner on Wednesday 4th) for the Women4GF Africa regional workshop that takes place in Cape Town, South Africa.

Our aim is to reach a wide group of women – women in all their diversity (including women living with HIV, women’s rights advocates, women from key populations) – who believe that gender equality is critical to obtaining high impact outcomes through the Global Fund. We are keen to support a broad range of women living with and directly affected by the three diseases, and from key populations, to ensure that a diversity of views is represented as the Global Fund takes more steps to deliver its Gender Equality Strategy through the new funding model (NFM).

Please take a look at the information about the global workshop convened this July in Geneva, and a TB Advocacy event from October.

Are you going to ICASA?

Are you interested in ensuring gender equality in Global Fund processes and at the country level?

Are you committed to continuing with this work after the event?

This 2-day workshop is designed to build a strong and diverse range of women’s advocates – to engage in Global Fund processes. The goal is to support the Global Fund to deliver its Gender Equality Strategy (GES) and to ensure that Global Fund grant-making is investing in gender-transformative programmes that have a real impact on the lives of women and girls in all their diversity. The workshop will build an understanding of Global Fund processes, in particular the NFM, and the points of entry to Global Fund systems and decisions. This should enable more women to participate effectively and meaningfully in order to bring about greater gender responsiveness in Global Fund governance structures and processes at national and global levels.

Our hope is to bring together up to 40 women, especially living with HIV, women from key populations and Trans* as well as gender-sensitive men. We hope to gather a diverse group of participants – from a range of communities as well as a big range of countries in Africa. We want to avoid having “the usual suspects”, and to work to broaden beyond those who are already involved in the Global Fund, partnering them with people who are already engaged but may be less engaged in gender activism.

We are looking for people, especially women who:

  • Are interested in the Global Fund, know about the Global Fund and are aware of what is happening in their own country;
  • Are interested in gender equality and women’s rights – and are committed to working on this in their own country or globally;
  • Have experience working in HIV/TB/malaria, especially on advocacy – at country, regionally or globally;
  • Are committed to continuing this work after the workshop;
  • Have experience working with country processes and connected to civil society in their own countries;
  • Have ability to influence country processes and/or are connected to the global level advocacy;
  • A good proportion should be women living with HIV, women who have had TB or malaria, or know and represent people with TB and malaria;
  • A good proportion should also be women from key populations, in particular sex workers, women and Trans* who use drugs and also young women;
  • Overall we seek to bring together a very diverse range of women and Trans* to work together at the workshop and beyond.

Our budget is mainly to support people to extend your stay – although we have a small budget to bring in a couple of extra people to the workshop (but not ICASA) if their involvement is key.

If you are interested please contact sophie@asapltd.com by Friday 15 November and tell her:

  • Who you are? Name, Country, Organization, Affiliations
  • If you are going to ICASA
  • Why you want to come to this workshop?
  • Why is the Global Fund important to you? What is your experience in he Global Fund or around gender?
  • Are you openly living with HIV or have lived with TB or malaria or represent communities directly affected by the three diseases?
  • Do you represent women and/or Trans* from key populations?