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Launch of the Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS

On 5-7 December 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia, the founders’ meeting of the newly set up Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS was held. The founders are women leaders from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Estonia.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of women living with or affected by HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Priority directions for Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS will be the capacity building and women leadership development, advocacy for investments for women’s programs, scaling up access for sexual and reproductive health, elimination of violence against women and promotion of gender equality.

We strive to become a public movement that put women at the center of the HIV response in EECA, the only region with growing AIDS epidemic. As chairman of the regional women’s network can say that we are determined and ready to make all possible and even more to be heard at all levels.

“In many Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries HIV epidemics is with a woman face,” says Svitlana Moroz, Executive Coordinator of the regional women’s network. “We strongly believe that through uniting our efforts and mobilizing communities the Network will be able to advocate for the women’s legal and economic rights, eradication of violence against women, right for health, so that these rights become the key priorities in the development of the national programs, policies and approaches in provision of essential services to women living with and vulnerable to HIV.”

For more information, please contact:

Svitlana Moroz, Executive Coordinator: +38 062 385-7780,
Jekaterina Voinova, Board Chairwoman: +372 58078037,

We had also the opportunity during the site visit to become familiar with experience of Georgian community-based organization ACESO. It works with women injecting drug users and ex-prisoners. Testimonies of those of them, who have suffered from punitive drug policies, cannot leave us indifferent. ACESO and her leader Ekaterine Garpdapkhadze made methadone treatment accessible for pregnant women who inject drugs in Georgia, they develop women’s creativity and assist with their reintegration into society, and they make harm reduction accessible for women, including HIV testing.


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