Wednesday's Daily Download from IAC
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Daily Download from AIDS2016: Wednesday 20 July

Dear friends, we are excited to bring you this daily download from the International AIDS Conference in Durban. Each day we'll share our analysis of the sessions and panels that address women and girls' health and rights throughout the conference, photos and ongoing conversations, and updates from the #WhatWomenWant campaign. 

Women's Networking Zone
ATHENA is thrilled to have partnered with old friends and new to bring the WNZ to the International AIDS Conference again. It is an essential space by, for and focused on women and girls. The WNZ at IAC has a great program of events, and provides a space for women to come together. We are also supporting the reporting of the WNZ - if you would like to share any thoughts or feedback of your experiences in the WNZ either as  a participant or presenter, please get in touch with Jacqui at

HPV, Cervical Cancer and HIV: Leveraging Synergies to Save Women's Lives

This informal dialogue launched a joint advocacy brief on the links between HIV, HPV and cervical cancer, developed by the WHO, UNAIDS and the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. Yvonne Chaka Chaka gave powerful speech on the importance and approach to achieving meaningful youth participation in all policy and guideline development, and the event was moderated by Ebony Johnson. 

Using Social Media to Amplify Women's Voices: #WhatWomenWant workshop and skills building session

Fantastic facilitators Jacqui, Resty and L'Orangelis

On Wednesday afternoon in the WNZ, a full house participated in this workshop to develop skills and actions plans to take advocacy goals online. #WhatWomenWant champion Resty introduced the campaign and shared how the campaign has been a platform for her to connect her advocacy and consultations with young women to the global stage. ATHENA's Jacqui talked through the process of defining advocacy goals, choosing the right hashtag and building support. #WhatWomenWant champion L'Orangelis shared a resource that she has developed to conduct effective online campaigning for ICW's CAGYW. Participants then developed their own social media campaign action plans to take home and put into action! At the end of the session one participant signed up to Twitter and sent her very first tweet with her campaign hashtag! 
The HIV Prevention Landscape for Women: A look at new & emerging prevention options, including PrEP, vaginal rings and new products in development
Panelists Annalene Nel of IPM, Wanjiru Mukoma of LVCT Health, Manju Chatani of AVAC, James Kiarie of WHO, and 2005 AVAC fellow Maureen Luba, among others, presented the scientific context of current HIV prevention tools, including the dapivirine ring and PrEP, in this session that brought together research and community perspectives. The audience pushed researchers to address challenging questions, such as how to prioritize certain segments within the broad 'young women and adolescent girls' demographic, to which Dr. Wanjiru Mukoma of Kenya acknowledged that only with time will we be able to quantify and characterize demand for PrEP. A dynamic panel of young women then took the stage, including Thobile and Mrs. Shabalala, two Aspire Trial participants; Bathabile, a sex worker from Zimbabwe who participated in the SAPPH-Ire PrEP demo study; and 3 civil society members from the HIV and reproductive justice movements. Several trial members shared positive experiences, while Bathabile spoke of research implementation gaps where the participants may be vulnerable and uneducated, highlighting the importance of peer-to-peer adherence programs. “I started sex work when I was 14 years old, meaning I never finished school. I couldn’t even understand the consent form presented to me". Outspoken activist Nomtika Mjwama from Cape Town stressed the need for young women’s lived realities to shape outreach strategies. Prevention messages centered on fear and sickness do not reach young people where they are; funky and fun messages centered on having sex for pleasure do. 

#WhatWomenWant from #AIDS2016

The #WhatWomenWant campaign has taken off at the International AIDS conference! #WhatWomenWant champions are working the Global Village handing out campaign stickers and taking photos, we are live tweeting key sessions and pushing out the message.  Join us by tweeting your reflections and key priorities for women throughout the conference using the hashtag #WhatWomenWant, or find us on Facebook. Since the start of AIDS2016's pre-conferences, the #WhatWomenWant hashtag has been used over 1,500 times and has reached 3.5 million Twitter accounts with messages for and by women to ensure that world leaders hear our voices, know our solutions, and act on our priorities. Find us in the WNZ (booth 620) to join the movement today!
An end to violence
An equal seat at the table
To live freely & safely

Young Women's Leadership Initiative

ATHENA is collaboratively convening a YWLI with Access Chapter 2 during IAC, which meets daily in the Women's Networking Zone (Booth 620). Many past and current YWLI champions are here leading sessions, facilitating workshops, amplifying #WhatWomenWant, reporting on Women's Networking Zone activities, and supporting fellow young women throughout the conference. If you or a young woman you know would like to participate in the daily briefings and activities, it's not too late to join! Click here to learn more.
Today I just put my dream on paper during the social media training. So far, I learned a lot. I got fired up when I learned more about rights and what is being done. It was motivating to see a princess taking on women and girls rights. If she can do it, I can do it too! I’m looking forward to learning more.
-Sherrie Dinala

Thursday's Schedule:
07:00- 08:30, Session Room 10
Hormonal Contraception and HIV: A Review of the Science and Research, and Their Implications for Research, Programme and Policy

Join the conversation on Twitter: #WhatWomenWant @NetworkATHENA @WHO @WITTS @Guttmacher @UWGHRC @cbpolis @steynps #familyplanning #AIDS2016

11:00-12:30, Women's Networking Zone
Let's Talk About it at the Zone: Young Women's Leadership Initiative Briefing
Join the conversation on Twitter: #WhatWomenWant @NetworkATHENA #WNZ2016 #OurSolutions #AIDS2016

14:30-17:00, Session Room 9
Young People are the Future: Listen to Young People, Ensuring their Protection and Investing in their Health
Join the conversation on Twitter: #WhatWomenWant @NetworkATHENA @alesijackie @gycaswell @cedricnini #LinkUp #AIDS2016

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