From 10-12 July 2013, more than 35 individuals with extensive experience on gender equality, from over 20 countries, met in Geneva to focus on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund).
Twenty-three of the participants were women’s rights advocates working primarily at the community level, with grassroots organisations; over three-quarters of those advocates are openly living with HIV, including several from key populations. They were joined by representatives from the Global Fund and United Nations agencies. The meeting was supported by the Secretariat of the Global Fund, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with some additional support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenareit (GIZ). The overarching aim was to strengthen women’s engagement with the Global Fund.
Outcomes of the meeting
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The background material below is a selection of documents that was provided to participants prior to the meeting, giving a varied insight into the Global Fund, the New Funding Model and Gender Equality. Firstly, here is a video introduction to the Global Fund (it is just 10 minutes long):
Global Fund Documents
The Global Fund Strategy
Gender Equality Strategy
Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Strategy
Community System Strengthening Framework
HIV and Human Rights Information Note
TB and Human Rights Information Note
Community Strengthening Systems Information Note
Harm Reduction Information Note
SOGI Information Note
Explaining the Global Fund
New Funding Model
Assessments of NFM:
Communities Consultation on the NFM: Final Report
Communities Consultation on the NFM: Action Plan
Communities Consultation on the NFM: Final Statement
NFM Rapid Assessment (by the Open Society Foundation)
The Experience of Zimbabwe with the Global Fund’s New Funding Model
Evaluations of GES & SOGI
ASAP Background Paper on Gender & the Global Fund
Gender and HIV – Key Document
A Useful Resource
Global Fund Observer is a newsletter that explains and explores the world of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It is published by Aidspan about twice a month.