by Kay Thi Win
The ATHENA network and ASAP have organized meeting at the Global Fund in Geneva: Strengthening Women’s Engagement with the Global Fund to Champion Gender Equality through the New Funding Model and Beyond. The meeting has organized 10th to 12th July 2013 and 23 community participants attended from: Zimbabwe, Poland, Malawi, Indonesia, Lithuania, Kenya, Uganda, Ukraine, Canada, South Africa, Myanmar, Zambia, Argentina, Thailand, India, Jamaica, Netherlands, Malaysia, China and Swaziland.
The main objectives of the consultation were:
• To build the capacity of women’s rights advocates, especially women living with HIV, to engage at country, regional and global levels with the Global Fund and its New Funding Model (NFM) from a gender equality perspective.
• learn from experience to date and begin to strengthen the capacity of partners in NFM focal country Dialogue process, the development of concept notes, as well as in the implementation motoring and evaluation and revision of forthcoming Global Fund grants.
I have attended the meeting on behalf of sex worker community and share experience on the Global Fund NFM and country dialogue. In March 2013, I have attended Global Fund country dialogue on behalf of AMA (AIDS Myanmar Association) which is the national network of sex workers.
I have share experience and suggestion on gender base currently women are not representatives including my country. In future how, we can make sure that Global Fund NFM will work for gender equality. Also this is so much a challenge for us, a sex worker but we have to voice out our voices is strong.
During these days, we have small group discussion on gender gap, develop an action plan. I recommended a pre-meeting for just community people in future and explain how it works for sex worker consultation with UN and that the GF should organize pre-meeting for consultations.
Finally we have work for Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee (SIIC) Recommendations which you can read at the link below.
The main points covered were:
• Gender focal point on all CCMs
• Review the inclusion of “Women and girls” in the definition of key populations
• Enhancing documentation of the data, and identify research and data gaps
• Ensure gender equality is in the next Global Fund Strategy.
Also, National and Regional Actions: build capacity of women through national and regional training on Gender Equality Strategy (GES) & Global Fund mechanisms.
• Bring women into country dialogues including sex workers.
I hope I did good job represent sex worker issues for the consultation.
I certainly try my best.
Kay Thi Win