SWAN at UN Global Commission on HIV and the Law
In the end, Odyseus (Slovakia), SZEXE (Hungary), TAIS PLUS (Kyrgyzstan), Association for Assistance (Russia) and SWAN were accepted to present in front of the commissioners at a regional meeting in Moldova in May, 2011.
How did SWAN prepare?
With the generous help of the Open Society Foundation, presenters from the various groups including Katerina Jiresova, Irina Maslova, Gulnara Kurmanova, Mariann Bodzsar, Stasa Plecas from Serbia who was representing SWAN and Aliya and Anna-Louise from the SWAN network met in Chisinau, Moldova to strategize.
The group decided that the strongest strategy was to brainstorm 4 key issues as they affected groups across the region and to present as a block. One person per issue and one person to summarize and spell out the recommended actions groups were calling on the Commission to endorse. (See the document the group produced and delivered here).
How did it go?
Incredibly well. The group was concise, convincing and made a very strong presentation. The show of unity and the power of the group presentation were remarked upon by many in attendance.
Now, SWAN groups must wait for the release of GCHL’s report to see if their voices were truly heard.