The women’s networking zone (known as WNZ) will be a dynamic, fun, interactive informative, creative space for women to share their experiences, current work they are doing, ideas, and anything else at the international AIDS Conference 2014 in Melbourne.
Our Melbourne Planning group is slowly growing. In confidence, and numbers of women wanting to get involved with the WNZ. We have been having regular meetings with women from all walks of life, different organisations and different parts of the country.
We have established working groups (which will be the way women can get involved as we move forward). In the next update we will give you a breakdown of the working groups and ideas on how you might want to get involved. You are not limited to the working groups or ideas already formed, If you have an idea please come forth…you will be most welcome.
We recently moved a giant step forward with our global partners merging with the local planning group. We are now one big global force of individual women, organisations and networks.
On Monday the 8th July we held our first global meeting. Just organising this for the first time was a mammoth task, the group was too big for Skype so we bought in the services of a teleconferencing company (thank you to Straight Arrows Inc for facilitating and resourcing the first call).
Everyone was really excited, some meeting for the first time, others catching up with old friends. We had representation from five continents with women from key identified populations and our supporters sharing ideas getting to know each other.
Many women faced technical difficulties and dropped in and out of the call, this really highlighted how we need to be persistent and creative in the way we talk with our global partners to ensure we are all on the same page and that the WNZ is a truly a global space.
Some of the core group recently met with UNAIDS. It was suggested that UNAIDS Gender Equality and Diversity Division had a small budget to support preparing for the WNZ with a focus on young women. This proposal has been drafted and submitted with a budget that will run from August to December 2013. In discussions we were told there would be a new round of money available in January 2014 that we could apply for.
We have a permanent part time volunteer coming on board in July to support the Melbourne Planning group and a global outreach worker funded by ICW Global about to start work to support women around the world to get to the conference.
Our website will be up and running by the end of July so watch this space for updates and all things related to the WNZ 2014. Its whole heap of fun and a great way to meet new people…why don’t you join us?