Lillian Mworeko wins CHANGE Courageous Changemaker Award

Lillian Mworeko wins CHANGE Courageous Changemaker Award

"This award is dedicated to all women in their diversity, that wake up each day with a mission to bring about change that impacts women and girls in all their diversity. It is a recognition of the community of women living with HIV whose lives have been shuttered; who continue to face stigma and discrimination, criminalisation, restrictions of all forms because of their HIV status." Lillian Mworeko, Executive Director ICWEA, on winning the CHANGE Courageous Changemaker Award for being at the forefront of challenging gender norms and for promoting and upholding human rights in Uganda. 

"The story I told BACK  in 2003 in Kigali – the first meeting where I burst out to express how it feels to be divided and owned by different people and organs in the name of programming for women; challenging the notion that Women are homogenous; pushing back on pitying women against child and maternal mortality, SRHR, Family Planning and HIV, is the same story I told in New York in 2006 and it continues to be the same story I have told during the WHO deliberations on HC-HIV since 2012 till to date – reminding people that women should be seen as a whole, not pitied around their HIV status, maternal mortality and FP needs. Reminding policy and decision-makers that every woman matters wherever they live, whatever their sexual identity, age, race and they deserve the same and to be treated the same. And finally reminding them that women must be placed at the centre of programming, resource allocation and decision making and MOST importantly be seen as a whole. This award by CHANGE gives me more power, strength and courage to work even harder and do more for adolescents, women and girls."

Since 2012, Aidsfonds has been collaborating with ICWEA with a recent advocacy success in making DTG (dolutegravir) available for all women in Uganda. DTG, a new HIV inhibitor, was incorrectly associated with potential risks for unborn children based on preliminary research results. With the financial support from the PITCH programme, ICWEA has led a successful campaign that has enabled women that potentially carry a child and living with HIV in Uganda to access DTG.

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