This Thursday is GFAN’s Day of Action which is mobilising ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) to put pressure on the United Kingdom (UK) Government to continue their leading support to the Global Fund.
Join us on Thursday!
We applaud the UK’s leadership and commitment to gender equality and women’s rights as demonstrated in the new International Development Strategy. The stakes could not be higher now and we need the UK Government to continue the leadership it showed when it co-founded the Global Fund twenty years ago, and was the second largest donor at the last replenishment in 2019.
Given the vulnerabilities confronting women and young girls, exacerbated by emerging new health threats, the need for gender equality and rights-based approaches continues to remain essential. Among many other possibilities – reaching US$18 billion would allow the Global Fund to reduce HIV incidence among adolescent girls and young women in the most affected countries by 72%.
- Send the open letter to UK embassy in your country (if a Commonwealth member). This can be given to them during a meeting or at a hand-in opportunity, or emailed to the embassy. If you want to email the UK embassy in your country, feel free to use this cover letter. GFAN Africa and GFAN Asia Pacific colleagues are coordinating this so get in touch if you want to get involved with a hand-in or to arrange to have a meeting with the UK.
- Amplify on social media. Here’s the social-media toolkit with template posts, twitter handles and graphics to be used on Thursday. Follow the hashtags throughout Thursday to see and help amplify actions taking place.
- Join Women4GlobalFund @w4_gf and STOPAIDS @STOPAIDS on Thursday 10:00-11:00am CAT in a global Twitter chat to create momentum around the Global Fund 7th Replenishment with a strong focus on the UK. We will have discussion, slides and new videos shared. Twitter chats are public and easy to join: Follow @w4gf and @STOPAIDS on Twitter, share your thoughts (like, retweet, retweet with quote and or comment) to the discussion and the questions/information that @w4gf will share. Every participant should quote and retweet the comments and thoughts of each participant
- If you are a W4GF Advocate from a Commonwealth country, share talking points on the UK with your Government contacts. CHOGM will be one of the last opportunities ahead of replenishment where the UK PM and Foreign Secretary can be lobbied in person of the importance of the Global Fund. As much as we can get other Governments highlighting this to the UK, the better! RESULTS have prepared the attached briefing with CHOGM talking points on UK context. Feel free to use this for engagements with your respective Governments ahead of CHOGM.
With the very challenging context in the UK, on Thursday, hopefully we can give a strong global showing of support and build pressure ahead of CHOGM.