Lillian Mworeko

A Social Worker by profession, I am currently the Regional Coordinator for the International Community of women living with HIV Eastern Africa with more than ten years of experience working in HIV and AIDS as well as with several organizations of people living with HIV. I have represented women and women’s issues on several policy bodies, including being the Vice Chair of the Uganda Country Coordinating Mechanism for the Global Fund to fight Tuberculosis, Malaria & HIV (CCM), served as a member of the Task Force challenging HIV related Travel restrictions, and led to the lifting of travel bans in several countries, including the United States. I served as a member of the Task Force on Universal Access that led to the declaration of Universal Access to Treatment by 2010. I have been at the forefront of fighting the bad laws and unfavorable legal systems that hinder women and marginalized communities from accessing their human rights, social justice and generally information and services. I have founded and helped found organizations of women living with HIV globally to enable women be at the forefront in challenging the injustices they face and to meaningfully engage with policy and decision making bodies with the ultimate of having a favorable environment in which to live and enjoy life to the fullest. In my entire career, I have been passionate about fighting for the rights of individuals irrespective of their culture, age, religion, sexual orientation, social or economic status/class and race and always strive and work towards ensuring that human beings access and enjoy their full rights including access to information, education, services and social justice. I have been at the forefront of challenging the gender norms, gender based and domestic violence as these have been the cause and consequences of HIV.

Advocates Call for Full Funding of Research on HIV and Contraception

For women in countries and communities with limited contraceptive choices and high rates of HIV, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, a shortage of funding for the ECHO (Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes) trial is an unacceptable development.