1. Introduction

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Preamble: Building women’s global meaningful participation in the High Level Meeting (HLM) on AIDS

The High Level Meeting on AIDS that takes place in June this year will review achievements made against the commitments of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS Declaration of Commitment of 2001, and the Political Declaration of 2006, and will determine the priority agenda for work on HIV and AIDS over the next five years, in particular as we work towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Multiple processes are underway to ensure broad stakeholder engagement and representation in the outcomes of the Meeting. These include regional civil society consultations and pre-meetings. (http://www.icaso.org/ungass.html)

The ATHENA Network and the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA) are running a virtual survey in order to ensure the broadest possible engagement and representation of women (and girls wherever possible) in the processes leading up to the HLM – especially women living with and affected by HIV, and other key populations of women who often lack platforms for priority issues to be raised and heard. The focal areas for the consultation have been defined by 4 criteria:
a. Centrality to the success of the AIDS response
b. Importance for women, girls, and gender equality
c. Ability to speak to the future, specifically to move us toward realizing the MDGs
d. Political opportunity to highlight an issue that has not received
adequate attention to date in efforts to address women, girls, and
gender equality in the context of HIV and AIDS

This survey will be sent via various electronic social media to women in all regions, in English, French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic. From the responses we receive, we are seeking to identify regional messages, which can be fed into the regional consultations being held over the next two months, and consolidated into 3 to 4 key global asks to feed into the HLM outcome document by the beginning of April. Clearly, therefore, we will not be able to include all 10 of the below topic areas among these asks, but hope to determine from among them the absolute priorities felt by you, women “on the ground”. Beyond the HLM process, we hope that the findings that the survey produces will be useful at the national, regional, and international advocacy levels. We will be producing regional summaries of the findings.