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									 International Community for Women (ICW) Questionnaire
           Wherever you are – from Laos to Namibia - be positively engaged
                                                  &
                              Support the way forward for ICW
Thank you for taking the time to fill out this questionnaire – we really need to hear from you to help
shape the way forward for ICW. We will be using your feedback from this questionnaire with the
current Regional Plans, the work of the Thematic Coordinators and the 2008 Mexico Workshop
feedback to develop the 2009-2014 Strategic Directions Document for ICW.

We want to assure you of your privacy and the fact that we are not seeking identifying information in
the survey, rather trends and themes to support the development of the direction for ICW over the
next five years.

If you would like to fill in the questionnaire online, please follow the link on the ICW website and you
will be able to submit your response anonymously. Alternatively, please download this file and return
it as an email attachment to kproctor@icw.org

Best wishes - Jane Sloane (Lead Consultant for the Octo team working with you on your Strategic Plan)



For every question you will be asked to indicate your preferred answer by marking an X next to a box
or by marking next to several boxes as follows:      X

Section One: About You
1) What is your age? Please mark one

Under 15                    15 -19                    20 - 24               25 - 30     
31- 40                      41- 50                    51 - 60               over 60     
2) In which region do you live? Please mark one

 Latin America                 North                    East Africa             Southern Africa   
                               America
 Central Africa            West Africa                   Northern                        Europe   
                                                              Africa
        United               Australia                      Pacific                         PNG   
      Kingdom                                                Islands
   Middle East               East Asia                  South Asia              South East Asia   

3) What language do you use to access ICW publications, events and services? Please mark
one

           Spanish                            French                           English   

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4) How long have you been a member of ICW? Please mark one

 Under 3 years               3-5 years                  6- 8 years        more than 8 years   


5) How long ago were you diagnosed HIV positive? Please mark one

      2 - 0 years ago                    5 - 3 years ago                 8 - 6 years ago   
     10 - 9 years ago                     more than 10       
                                              years ago



6) Do you find being a member of ICW helps you? Please mark one

                 Yes                                 No                         Unsure     

If yes, why?




If no or unsure, please mark the relevant reasons – there could be more than one.

a.         ICW has not delivered on its stated aims                                          
b.         I am not sure what ICW does                                                       
c.         I am involved in other NGO or positive networks                                   
d.         I don’t have the financial means to be involved                                   
e.         I can’t afford to communicate with other members                                  
f.         I don’t know who other members are                                                
g.         ICW is about high level meetings and conferences. It doesn’t reach women          
           at the grassroots

h.         I don’t feel I have a voice in ICW                                                
i.         Other (e.g. Not enough time to be involved)                                       



Section Two: Your Use of ICW Tools or Activities

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1) Detail your use of the following ICW tools or activities.

For every one of the listed 12 tools/ activities please mark the response which most closely
represents your situation (12 responses in total).

                                                             I regularly use   I sometimes      I never use or
                                                             and/or benefit    use and /or      benefit from
                                                             from this         benefit from     this
                                                             tool/activity.    this             tool/activity.
                                                                               tool/activity.

1) Newsletter                                                                                      
2) Website                                                                                         
3) ICW Publications (e.g. Survival Kit, Vision Papers,                                             
Fact Sheets etc)

4) Information to help me understand my sexual and                                                 
reproductive health rights

5) Information around care, treatment and support                                                  
6) Information about funds that may be available                                                   
through donor agencies to support local initiatives for
women with HIV

7) Advocacy strategies to support the meaningful                                                   
engagement of women living with HIV in the decision
making processes that affect our lives

8) Advocacy strategies to promote sexual and                                                       
reproductive health rights for women in my region
living with HIV



                                                             I regularly use   I sometimes      I never use or
                                                             and/or benefit    use and /or      benefit from
                                                             from this         benefit from     this
                                                             tool/activity.    this             tool/activity.
                                                                               tool/activity.

9) Advocacy strategies promoting the provision of care                                             
and treatment for women in my region living with HIV

10) Training workshops in advocacy and leadership for                                              
women in my region living with HIV

11) Training workshops in sexual and reproductive                                                  
health rights for women in my region living with HIV

12) Training workshops in self esteem, empowerment                                                 
& self care for women in my region living with HIV

Other tools/activities – please specify

                                                                                                   
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2) If you don’t use one of the 12 listed ICW tools or activities please indicate why.
For every one of the listed 12 tools/activities that you marked as not using or benefiting from in the
previous question of this section please mark your reason for not using it.

                                         This               I was not       I use another      I am unable
                                         tool/activity is   aware of this   service provider   to access
                                         not useful to      tool/activity   and I am           this tool or
                                         me                                 satisfied with     activity
                                                                            this provider

1) Newsletter                                                                                   
2) Website                                                                                      
3) ICW Publications                                                                             
4) Information to help me understand                                                            
my sexual & reproductive health rights

5) Information around care, treatment                                                           
and support

6) Information about funds that may be                                                          
available through donor agencies to
support local initiatives for women
with HIV

7) Advocacy strategies to support the                                                           
meaningful engagement of women
living with HIV in the decision making
processes that affect our lives

                                         This               I was not       I use another      I am unable
                                         tool/activity is   aware of this   service provider   to access
                                         not useful to      tool/activity   and I am           this tool or
                                         me                                 satisfied with     activity
                                                                            this provider

8) Advocacy strategies to promote                                                               
sexual and reproductive health rights
for women in my region living with HIV

9) Advocacy strategies promoting the                                                            
provision of care and treatment for
women in my region living with HIV

10) Training workshops in advocacy                                                              
and leadership for women in my region
living with HIV


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11) Training workshops in sexual and                                                        
reproductive health rights for women
in my region living with HIV

12) Training workshops in self esteem,                                                      
empowerment & self care for women
in my region living with HIV



Section Three: Strengths and Challenges for ICW
The next two questions ask you to think about ICW as it is now and identify the key strengths of this
network and also the key challenges it faces.

1) What would you consider are the top three (3) strengths of this organisation?

Please identify and mark your top three (3) strengths

                                Strengths of ICW
Building networks amongst HIV positive Women at local, national, regional and               
international levels

Building effective partnerships with other organizations that support the needs of          
HIV positive women

Creating effective dialogue between HIV positive women and policy and program               
makers

Advocacy strategies to support the meaningful engagement of women living with               
HIV in the decision making processes that affect our lives

Advocacy strategies to promote sexual and reproductive health rights for women              
in my region living with HIV

Advocacy strategies promoting the provision of care and treatment for women in              
my region living with HIV

ICW fundraising capacity                                                                    
Communication strategies to ensure the effective flow of communication between              
members and the leadership structure

Membership structure and engagement of members                                              
The support provided to Members                                                             
Ownership of ICW and involvement in decision-making processes                               
Leadership by HIV Positive women                                                            
Regional coordinators                                                                       

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                               Strengths of ICW
Representative regional structures                                                           
ICW having an effective voice at the right time                                              
ICW’s international reach                                                                    
ICW’s membership structure                                                                   
Information technology to connect members                                                    
Leadership and direction of ICW                                                              
Other – please specify




2) For this next question you will need to think about ICW and how it works. Please rate the
challenges ICW faces for the next 3-5 years.

Please rate each challenge as either:

     a Priority 1 (ICW must address this challenge within the next one (1) year)

     a Priority 2 (ICW must address this challenge within the next two (2) years)

     a Priority 3 ( ICW must address this challenge within the next three (3) years) or

     N/A (not applicable – this is not, in your view, an ICW challenge)

                    Challenges for ICW                               Priority   Priority   Priority   N/A

                                                                           1         2         3

Communication issues including the perception that                                                  
communication flow is poor and that the decision making
processes are not transparent
Ownership issues – lack of members’ ownership of ICW and                                            
involvement in decision-making processes
Lack of coverage, leadership or participation in some regions                                       
Lack of leadership by HIV positive women                                                            
Lack of leadership from the International Steering Committee                                        
(ISC), Board or ICW staff



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                    Challenges for ICW                               Priority   Priority   Priority   N/A

                                                                        1          2          3

Structure too centralized without the mechanisms to support                                         
regional capacity building
Regions are poorly defined and need a better representative                                         
structure
Inadequate information technology resources and                                                     
infrastructure to support the needs of a global organization e.g.
webpage
Ensuring that ICW has an effective voice in the right place at the                                  
right time to advocate for HIV positive women
Lack of funding to support the needs and aims of the                                                
organization
Increasing need for greater advocacy reach and effectiveness                                        
Measuring the success of ICW to date to help support funding                                        
applications and donor support
Representation of the members needs/aims within the                                                 
organization and beyond the organisation
The current membership structure                                                                    
The current governance structure                                                                    
Human resources stretched very thinly, particularly in the                                          
regions without a regional coordinating office

ICW not having a presence in most of the world; lack of global                                      
coverage
An effective mechanism for tabling and responding to the                                            
issues/ideas/needs of members
Defining priorities within resource limitations                                                     
Other - please specify                                                                              



Section Four: ICW’s direction for the next five years
The next question asks you to think about ICW as we head into the next five years and to
think about the difference it could make.

1) How would you like ICW to be known by others?

Please mark your first choice

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I hope for an organization that promotes and trains HIV positive women as leaders of   
HIV policy and advocacy
I hope for an organization that promotes HIV positive women’s access to decision       
making positions at local, national, regional and international levels so they can
influence the decisions that affect their lives
I hope for an organization that focuses on delivering measures that reduce the         
incidence of HIV AIDS, especially amongst women
I hope for an organization that promotes the development of networks for HIV           
positive women and with other agencies that support HIV positive Women
I hope for an organization that advocates to secure sexual and reproductive rights     
and access to care treatment and support for HIV positive women; and promotes
strategies for positive prevention
I hope for an organization that ensures women’s issues/needs/concerns are              
incorporated into the growing body of research dealing with HIV AIDS

Other – please specify




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Section Five: Goals
Having identified a preferred direction for ICW in Section Four, the following two questions
ask you to identify what ICW needs to do and focus on to support this preferred direction
and also identify how ICW needs to operate to help make it happen.

1) What would you like to see ICW do and focus on for the next five years?

Please rank a 1-3 priority for each goal.

       Priority 1 - ICW must achieve this goal in the next one (1) year)

       Priority 2 – ICW must achieve this goal within the next two (2) years)

       Priority 3 – ICW must achieve this goal in the next three to five (3-5) years, and

       N/A (not applicable for my preferred direction of ICW

 ICW Goals for what we should do & focus on                      Priority    Priority   Priority   N/A
                                                                     1           2           3
ICW actively seek out the membership of HIV positive young                                      
women and encourage them to leadership positions within
ICW

ICW advocates for greater access to care, treatment and                                         
support for HIV positive women regardless of their age,
culture or lifestyle

ICW recruits and trains HIV positive women for                                                  
representative and advocacy roles – building a new
generation of activists

ICW has increased engagement with policy makers                                                 
ICW actively pursues the legal protection of HIV- positive                                      
women’s rights in areas such as the right to:
     refuse sterilization
     oppose criminalisation of HIV transmission, &
     choices around termination of pregnancy
ICW has strengthened thematic teams to focus on core                                            
issues affecting the membership

ICW actively engages indigenous world views                                                     
ICW actively pursues partnership with all key HIV, AIDS,                                        
Development, women’s and global networks that seek
justice for HIV positive women

ICW monitors HIV research studies to ensure that HIV                                            
positive women are consulted and that the studies are
ethical, appropriate and informed in their methodology,
content, impact and reporting


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    ICW Goals for what we should do & focus on                    Priority     Priority     Priority   N/A
                                                                         1           2           3
ICW advocacy is informed by sound research and is                                                    
evidenced based and ICW ensures it has the means to
evaluate the impact of their work

ICW increases its advocacy for education and employment                                              
opportunities for HIV positive women

ICW invests in research and learning communities                                                     
ICW advocates for more training and capacity building                                                
opportunities for HIV positive women to represent and
advocate on behalf of HIV positive women

Other – please specify                                                                               



2) What goals would you like ICW to have over the next five years in terms of how we run
the Network.

Please rate the extent of the priority for each goal.

    Priority 1 - ICW must achieve this goal in the next one (1) year)

    Priority 2 – ICW must achieve this goal within the next two (2) years)

    Priority 3 – ICW must achieve this goal in the next three to five (3-5) years, and

    N/A (not applicable for my preferred direction of ICW)

      ICW Goals for how we run the Network                       Priority     Priority    Priority     N/A
                                                                     1           2           3
ICW is a well funded organization, able to support its aims                                         
and membership growth

Phase-out ICW’s existence through integration with other                                            
organizations or structures

ICW has a de-centralised structure with increased regional                                          
and local decision-making capacity

ICW has a fundraising arm, or hubs, to support local                                                
initiatives

ICW is actively committed good governance                                                           
ICW communication processes are informative, inclusive,                                             
appropriate and transparent


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    ICW Goals for how we run the Network                       Priority   Priority   Priority   N/A
                                                                  1          2          3
ICW is accountable and transparent in its work with                                          
members, Board, stakeholders and broader networks.

ICW ensures meaningful connection with HIV positive                                          
women who are not web connected and who seek other
forms of communication and support

ICW has an external communications strategy – that tells                                     
the world what ICW is and what it can do and profiles the
issues facing HIV positive women in a way that reflects what
women want

ICW develops appropriate and relevant media,                                                 
communication and information strategies that are region
specific to engage and support members, including verbal,
grass roots and pictorial mediums

ICW is an employer of choice, providing a supportive                                         
learning environment and safe space for HIV positive
women, for staff, volunteers and members

ICW ensures that its advocacy, policy influencing and peer                                   
support work is integrated through its goals and is informed
and mandated by its constituency

ICW ensures that its sub-regional offices are well resourced                                 
and connected as part of our commitment to de-
centralisation

ICW actively works to have a diversified funding base                                        
ICW systems and processes support a learning environment                                     
for ICW members and supporters globally, and provide
ongoing training in such areas as governance, advocacy and
human rights

Other – please specify                                                                       




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Section Six: Additional ICW Work
1) Given your thoughts around the direction and goals for ICW for the next five years, please
mark the areas in which you would like ICW to provide greater focus and activity and at
what level you would like to see this happen e.g. locally, nationally, regionally or
internationally?

You can mark as many areas as you like and more than one delivery level for each area.

Area for greater focus &            Locally      Nationally        Regionally       Internationally
activity

Advocacy for access to better                                                          
treatment, care and support

Advocacy for the meaningful                                                            
engagement of women living
with HIV in policy and agenda
making

Advocacy for programs to ensure                                                        
the meaningful engagement of
young women living with HIV -
with specific focus on the issues
facing young positive women

Advocacy for more educational                                                          
and employment opportunities
for HIV positive women

Advocacy for more leadership                                                           
training for HIV positive women

Advocacy for the sexual and                                                            
reproductive health rights and
education of HIV positive women

Advocacy for legal protection                                                          
and anti stigma and anti
criminalization

Advocacy for anti discrimination                                                       
to protect the rights of HIV
positive women and the
promotion of access to the full
charter of human rights

Advocacy for fuller engagement                                                         
in HIV and AIDS research to
ensure it addresses the views/
needs of HIV positive women

Advocacy for more HIV and AIDS                                                         
prevention/education programs



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   Area for greater focus &           Locally        Nationally        Regionally    Internationally
   activity

   Advocacy for increased safety                                                         
   and security of women living
   with HIV

   More effective monitoring of                                                          
   national and international
   commitments around HIV AIDS

   Increase in leadership training                                                       
   and advocacy opportunities for
   women living with HIV

   Increase in e-forums as a more                                                        
   effective way of linking women
   living with HIV and within ICW

   Other – please specify                                                                




   Section Seven: Being an HIV positive woman
   1) What are the five most challenging issues facing you as an HIV positive woman?
   Please mark the five (5) most challenging issues you face
Fear of disclosure            Lack of                   Discrimination           Judgment or           
consequences                   acceptance by              against my                conflict of beliefs
                               members of my              children or other         within my
                               community                  members of my             spiritual
                                                          family because I          community,
                                                          am an HIV                 church/mosque as
                                                          positive woman            a result of my HIV
                                                                                    positive status
Lack of participation         Lack of ownership         Difficulties             Lack of               
in the decision                rights for land and        accessing                 confidentiality in
making processes               property                   treatment, care           the provision of
that shape my life                                        and health                treatment, care
                                                          services                  and health
                                                                                    services
Poverty                       Lack of personal          Lack of                  Lack of personal
                               education                  employment                security

Lack of inheritance           Violence                  Child custody            No security of        
rights                                                    issues                   accommodation




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Lack of awareness           Lack of agency to             Lack of personal            Lack of personal     
of my choices                make choices                   freedom and                  freedom and
regarding sexual             around my sexual               choice in                    choice in marriage
and reproductive             and reproductive               education
health rights                health rights


Lack of food and            Cultural and local            Other- please                                    
water security               barriers to                    specify
                             independence




  Section Eight: ICW Core Values
  This question asks you to think about the core values that ICW needs to promote and
  embrace in the course of its work.

  1) Which top five values do you think ICW needs to reflect and embrace as it moves into the
  future?

  Please mark your top five (5) preferred values for ICW

  Mutual respect         Integrity                   Confidentiality         Accountability       
  Self                   Commitment to               Commitment to           Commitment to        
  determination           advocacy for                 honoring                 capacity building
                          women living with            diversity                as a vital part of
                          HIV                                                   ICW work

  Celebration of         Honouring of                Commitment to           Commitment to        
  being a woman-          agreed                       being proactive          increased
  centred                 communication                in the broader           involvement and
  organization            and decision-                Development              engagement of
                          making processes             dialogue and             Women living
                                                       discourse                with HIV/AIDS

  Commitment to          Other – please
  the promotion           specify
  of leadership
  training and
  opportunities
  for women living
  with HIV/AIDS




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Section Nine: About ICW
The next two questions ask you to think about how ICW promotes itself to the world.

1) What summary statement most captures your ideal ICW?

Please mark one (1)

a.         ICW - A just and sustainable world for HIV positive women               
b.         ICW - A world where HIV positive women are valued and have a voice in   
           decision-making

c.         ICW- Freedom, choice, security and opportunity                          
d.         ICW- A just world order, securing the rights of HIV positive women      
e.         ICW - Reclaiming rights for HIV positive Women                          
f.         ICW- Being seen, being heard and having our say                         
2) What colours would you like ICW to incorporate in its material?

Please mark your three (3) preferred colours for ICW

            blue                   green                         red               orange     
          yellow                   purple                      black                white     
             pink                  brown                       silver                gold     
            grey                    other              Specify other




                                   Thank you for your feedback!

     Your questionnaire will support the development of ICW’s strategic direction for the next
     five years (2009-2014). The ICW Strategic Directions Document will be launched in April
                                              2009.

             Please email this questionnaire as an attachment to kproctor@icw.org

                               or send by post by 28th November to

                                 ICW International Support Office

                                       Unit 6, Canonbury Yard

                                       190a New North Road

                                        London N1 7BJ UK
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