ICW-NA envisions a world where all women living with HIV live free of gender oppression, realizing and claiming our full rights inclusive of sexual, reproductive, legal, social, economic and health rights.


ICW-NA exists to lead efforts to secure and improve the quality of life for women living with HIV in Canada and the United States. We do this by mobilizing, organizing, advocating, mentoring and raising consciousness on the issues and policies that directly impact our lives.

Core Values and Principles

  • Accountability: We answer to the members of our network and the women living with HIV whose interests we serve

  • Self Determination and Emancipation: We promote and practice the principles of GIPA/MEWA (Greater Involvement of People with AIDS/Meaningful Engagement of Women with HIV and AIDS)

  • Integrity and Critical Reflection: We are committed to working in a way that is transparent to our members and that builds our capacity to put the needs of women living with HIV above individual interests

  • Feminisms and Gender Equality: We work to support the ability of all women living with HIV to define, establish and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal and social rights

  • Social Justice: We recognize that as with all people, we share a common humanity and therefore a right to equitable treatment, support for our human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources.

  • Commitment to Advocacy: We are committed to improving health and social policies that increase fairness and access for all women living with HIV

  • Self Care: In doing our work with its many demands, we commit to care for ourselves as we offer care and support to each other

  • Diversity and Inclusion: We recognize women in all of their diversity, and are actively inclusive of all women living with HIV, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender conformity, socioeconomic status, educational background, marital or parental status, housing status, employment status, and substance use.


Your gift will help ICW continue its important work supporting and empowering women and girls living with HIV around the world.