Feature story

Changing lives, changing communities: International Women's Summit, Kenya 2007

02 July 2007


Hosted by the World YWCA, the International Women’s Summit on Women’s Leadership on HIV, brings together over 1500 people, including global leaders, high level policy makers, celebrities, community health workers and AIDS activists from 4 to 7 July to develop strategies, skills and partnerships in response to the impact of AIDS on women and girls.

This first ever International Summit of its kind addresses the impact of AIDS on women and girls, explores issues such as poverty, violence against women, children’s rights and access to decision-making and resources.

The event is organized by the World YWCA and co-convened with the International Community of Women Living with HIV, and has the support of the UNAIDS Global Coalition on Women and AIDS and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The summit aims at:

  • highlighting the difference women’s leadership is making on AIDS issues
  • building the capacity of individuals and organizations to develop sustainable programmes and evidence based solutions
  • mobilizing women around the world to respond to AIDS and related issues
  • developing strategic partnerships to broaden the impact of AIDS responses


Related documents:

Speech by Dr Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director

Read speech by UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director at the closing ceremony

Press release by World YWCA

Photo story: Mgabathi district hospital