- Develop concrete strategies and recommendations to improve and increase the inclusion, participation, and prioritization of women and girls of African descent in the IAS and other global institutions that determine the research, treatment, care, prevention, and advocacy strategies for reducing the impact of HIV on sexual and reproductive wellbeing, especially in women and girls;
- Highlight current research and analyses on factors and contexts of gender-based impacts of HIV (basic clinical, socio-cultural, behavioural, economic, and political inequality, trauma and gender-based violence) among a diverse group of expert participants;
- Promote cross-disciplinary learning and collaboration among researchers, policymakers, practitioners, feminist advocates, grassroots leaders and activists of the women’s movement at the intersection of HIV, sexual/reproductive health and rights, trauma and gender-based violence to foster new partnerships and thinking on gender-based vulnerability to HIV;
- Identify opportunities for innovative research, program, and advocacy approaches for women and girls;
- Inform future funding, policy decisions, and intervention strategies for organizations led by women and girls of African descent; andPlan a series of visible actions that will send clear messages of solidarity and purpose from WomenNOW! to the International AIDS Conference 2018.
- Ramp up a global coordinated response to the root causes for the disparate vulnerabilities of women and girls of African descent who are affected by the HIV pandemic worldwide.
- A collective statement that will drive increased attention to resources, funding, services and policy needed to prioritize women of African descent as a global key population in HIV responses such as UNAIDS’s 90-90-90 Strategy, the UN’s Strategic Development Goals, and international research initiatives.
- Establish a formal process to convene the WomenNow! Summit to coincide with every bi-annual International AIDS Conference sponsored by the International AIDS Society; and to sustain a focused influence on women and girls, especially those of African descent in Africa and throughout the Diaspora, as a key population in the accelerated fight to end the HIV epidemic.
- WomenNOW! will work to secure new and bold global commitments to solidarity on women’s issues, especially Black women’s and girls’ capacity and agency to overcome the sexual and reproductive justice challenges that exacerbate the impacts of HIV risk and transmission among women of African descent.