Argentina - +PEACE -AIDS Foundation, October 25th 2012

UN WOMEN Latin America visits Panama. Patricia Pérez, ICW Global’s president, acts as an observer to the meeting.

Buenos Aires, Argentina. October 25th 2012

Moni Pizani, regional director of UN Women, will call together the 1st meeting of the Civil Society Advisory Group for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The meeting will take place at UN WOMEN’s offices in Ciudad del Saber, Panama from October 29th to 31st 2012 and will specifically focus on the situation of women in the region’s countries as well as distinctive nation’s political positions on women’s rights law and access, amongst other subjects.

Chile’s Michelle Bachelet is UNWOMEN’s first Executive Director. It was created in 2011 to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality.

AIDS is a huge social problem and leaders must take decisive action. This will be the first mission of Patricia Pérez as a member of the International Civil Society Advisory Group of Michelle Bachelet and UN WOMEN.

Pérez represents the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS that makes up 50% of the global affected population. She states that: “I have a new great responsibility to be the one who speaks out about AIDS. I am leaning on my sisters in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe as well on members of ICW Global, to consult with me and address any concerns that they or other leaders from the sector might have”.

The project adheres to the previous vision statement introduced by Pérez in July 2012: "ICW Global welcomes progress at the scientific level as verified by the AIDS 2012 conference; however it must be remembered that the difficulties we still face are related to outstanding poverty, gender inequality and a lack of social solidarity. The six day World Conference on AIDS 2012 concluded last July in Washington in which more than twenty-five thousand participants learned about the lack of political leadership available so as to properly address the pandemic.

Perez further stated that: “It is taking a huge risk by thinking that scientific advances will already solely cure AIDS. Do not forget, even for a second, that the data from UNAIDS asserts that only six million out of the thirty-four million individuals affected by AIDS receive treatment. The goal for 2015 will be to provide treatment for fifteen million people”.

ICW Global emerged so as to find answers to explain the desperate lack of support, information and services available; to promote the participation of women in spaces where public policy debates occur and decisions are made that influence the lives of thousands of people living with the virus. Today, we remain the only global network led and staffed by women, girls, adolescents and young HIV-positive individuals.