Uniting the movements for HIV/AIDS and safe abortion care

21 July 2018  |  Event 1:30–5:30pm, Reception 5:30–7:30pm
This event took place on the sidelines of AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam


Photo: Mídia Ninja

Event Description:

On 21 July, 2018, on the sidelines of AIDS 2018, a global partnership of safe abortion, HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) organizations will host Our bodies, Our fight: Uniting the movements for HIV/AIDS and safe abortion care. This half-day event will bring together more than 200 prominent global advocates and decision-makers across the HIV and safe abortion spaces to discuss shared strategies and strengthen joint advocacy to address barriers to rights-based health care – with a focus on the champion countries of Brazil, India and South Africa. Together, participants will chart a path forward for collective advocacy to promote global policies and programs that uphold dignity and bodily integrity.


Opening Remarks

  • Barkha Dutt, Senior Journalist, India

Special Remarks

  • Lambert Grijns, Netherlands’ Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights & HIV/AIDS

  • Anna Devereux and Fiona Kirk, Youth Advocates, CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality, Ireland

Panel Discussion: Building Bridges to Break Social Barriers to Care

Speakers will discuss how collective action by the HIV and safe abortion movements can strengthen efforts to combat stigma and discrimination and promote equitable access to care.

  • Sally Cameron, Senior Policy Analyst, HIV Justice Network, Australia/the Netherlands (Moderator)
  • Jorge Beloqui, HIV/AIDS Advocate & Professor, Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, University of São Paulo, Argentina/Brazil[
  • Suchitra Dalvie, Coordinator, Asia Safe Abortion Partnership, India
  • Tikhala Itaye, Chairperson, She Decides Global Movement, Malawi
  • Lillian Mworeko, Executive Director, International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA), Uganda


Panel Discussion: Sparking Action for Access to Medicines and Commodities

Speakers will discuss the groundbreaking tactics advocates can use to increase access to critical medicines and commodities in their countries and around the world.

  • Asia Russell, Executive Director, Health GAP, U.S./Uganda (Moderator)

  • Rebecca Gomperts, Founder and Director, Women on Waves/Women on Web, Netherlands

  • Santos Simione, Executive Director, Mozambican Association for Family Development (AMODEFA), Mozambique

  • Sibongile Tshabalala, National Chairperson, Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa

Panel Discussion: Harnessing the Power of the Media to Spur Change

Speakers will discuss how advocates can harness the power of the media to break down remaining barriers to safe abortion and HIV care.

  • Shenilla Mohamed, Executive Director, Amnesty International South Africa (Moderator)

  • Anubha Bhonsle, Knight Fellow, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) & Former Executive Editor, CNN-News18, India

  • Jon Cohen, Staff Writer, Science, U.S.

  • Alessandra Nilo, Co-founder and General Coordinator, Gestos & Regional Director, Latin American and Caribbean Council of AIDS Organizations, Brazil

Special Remarks

  • Phindile Nhleko, National Coordinator, Swaziland Network of Young Positives, Swaziland

  • Melodi Tamarzians, Dutch Youth Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Netherlands

The Path Forward

  • Barkha Dutt, Senior Journalist, India


Toasts by:

  • Alvaro Bermejo, Director General, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), UK
  • Nana Abuelsoud, Women Deliver Young Leader and Generation Now Core Group Member, Egypt; introduced by Katja Iversen, President/CEO, Women Deliver, U.S.
  • Christine Stegling, Executive Director, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, UK