Information Update - 10th June, 2007


Kenya To Host First International Conference on Women, HIV/AIDS

The first International Women's Summit on Women's Leadership and HIV and AIDS is scheduled to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from July 4 to July 7, conference organizers said on Wednesday, Xinhua News Agency reports. According to organizers, the conference aims to mobilize a global response to the increasing number of HIV cases among women and girls worldwide.

The conference, organized by the World YWCA, will bring together more than 1,500 people, including AIDS advocates, celebrities, community health workers, global leaders and policymakers, according to a YWCA statement. According to the statement, the summit aims to address the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls and will examine issues such as violence against women, poverty and children's rights, and access to resources.

Women living with HIV/AIDS also will attend the meeting and address issues, including women's leadership and economic empowerment, as well as affordable health care and treatment, Xinhua News Agency reports. The summit is co-convened by the International Community of Women Living With HIV/AIDS and has support from UNAIDS' Global Coalition on Women and AIDS and the United Nations Population Fund.

YWCA aims to "further unite the positive women's movement to move the HIV and AIDS agenda forward" for HIV-positive women, Sophie Dilmitis, YWCA HIV/AIDS coordinator, said, adding that the group also hopes to "nurture new leadership and partnerships between the YWCA and the positive women's movement" (Xinhua News Agency, 6/6).

Information for the Media:
Media are invited to apply for accreditation to cover the World YWCA Council, from July 1-11, 2007 and the International Women's Summit in Nairobi, Kenya from July 4-7, 2007.

Media unable to attend the conference in Nairobi, but interested in covering the conference, are also invited to apply for accreditation so as to benefit from the opportunities available to accredited media.

  • Click here for Media Accreditation
  • Click here for more on the Summit Kenya 2007
  • See Press Release Below

Sessions from the conference will be webcast on kaisernetwork.org, a free news and information service of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Webcasts and transcripts will be available online.


published: 16 Apr 2007 — 16:38
last modified: 14 May 2007 — 13:47
World YWCA
from Geneva, Switzerland

Women’s Leadership making a Difference on HIV and AIDS

For immediate use

April 16, 2007

Media Advisory

Media are invited to cover the first ever international conference on women and AIDS, which will takes place in Nairobi, Kenya on July 4-7, 2007. The conference seeks to mobilise urgent responses to rising HIV infection rates among women and girls in every region of the world. Up to 80% of new infections occur in girls and young women.

Hosted by the World YWCA, the International Women’s Summit on Women’s Leadership and HIV and AIDS, will bring together over 1500 people, ranging from high level policy makers, celebrities and global leaders to community health workers and AIDS activists. The Summit seeks to address the impact of AIDS on women and girls, exploring issues such as poverty, violence against women, children’s rights and access to decision-making and resources.

Confirmed speakers and supporters include:

  • Dr. Mabel Bianco - International Women's Caucus
  • Dr. Margaret Chan - General Director, WHO
  • Prof. Yakin Erturk - UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women
  • Dr. Helene Gayle - CEO, Care International
  • Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro – General Secretary, World YWCA
  • Prof. Wangari Maathai – Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Hon. Charity Ngilu - Minister for Health, Kenya
  • Moni Pen – Positive Women of Hope, Cambodia
  • Dr Peter Piot - Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Hon. Mary Robinson - former President of Ireland and founder/President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative 1
  • Dr. Alice Welbourn – International Community of Women Living with HIV and AIDS
  • Eng. Mónica Zetzsche – President, World YWCA

Media are invited to apply for accreditation to cover the Summit either in Nairobi or remotely. A range of opportunities exist for media involvement in the event including:

  • Media conferences and briefings
  • Possibilities for one-on-one interviews with speakers
  • Field visit to HIV programmes in Nairobi
  • Media designated seating area within plenary room
  • Designated photo opportunity
  • Daily news updates distributed electronically to registered media
  • Embargoed speeches and speaker biographies available in advance to registered media
  • Publication quality photography and broadcast quality video footage can be made available

This event is organised by the World YWCA, one of the largest women’s organisations in the world, which has made AIDS a global priority for its work with over 25 million women and girls in 125 countries. The Summit is co-convened with the International Community of Women Living with HIV and AIDS, and has the support of the UNAIDS Global Coalition on Women and AIDS and UNFPA.


For more information:
Kaburo Kobia,
Director of Communications, World YWCA
T: +41-22-9296030
E: worldoffice@worldywca.org

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