In 2001, HIV/AIDS was declared a global emergency, requiring immediate action as confirmed by the United Nations Global Assembly on HIV/AIDS.

At this conference, HIV/AIDS was deemed not only as a disease, but as a global epidemic with a highly political character. It was then in which the UN called together local, national and international leaders so as to put a stop to this political aspect of the disease.

It was demanded that they take immediate measures to help combat HIV/AIDS on a global level and in a way which was effective, integrative and just.

It was at this same session that Nelson Mandela famously requested an immediate response from international leaders, so as to avoid the spread of this pandemic. As a result of this, the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW GLOBAL) decided to launch the campaign “More Peace Less Aids”. This was a commitment to end violence as they believed it was a major cause of the disease.

In November 2007, ICW GLOBAL presented the campaign for the first time to the princess of Norway, Mette-Marit, the executive director of UNAIDS, Peter Piot, as well as to the first lady of Honduras, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, amongst many other well-known personalities.

The Campaign was introduced to the world with yet another interesting circumstance: Patricia Perez, President of ICW GLOBAL, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. It was the first time in history that a woman living with HIV was nominated for this award.
Patricia Perez is one of the five surviving founders of ICW GLOBAL.

For almost thirty years, she has travelled across five continents to promote social organization and the protection of human rights for women, girls and teenagers living with HIV/AIDS.

Since then, she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize seven times.
The “More Peace Less Aids” campaign has gained global recognition and support throughout five continents.

As a consequence of this, the More Peace Less Aids Foundation was created so as to take these ideas, make them their own and fully develop the campaign into something even bigger and greater.