Advancing Women’s Leadership and Advocacy for AIDS Action is a four-year, Ford Foundation-funded initiative designed to equip and empower a cadre of women from around the world with the knowledge and skills to strengthen and lead the global response to AIDS. Since its inception in 2006, the program has been implemented by a consortium led by the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), which includes the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, International Center for Research on Women and the National Minority AIDS Council. The initiative has aimed to build the leadership, advocacy and technical expertise of women working on the frontlines in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and to strengthen the capacity of their organizations to advocate for stronger HIV and AIDS policies, programs and resources that meet the distinct needs of women.
This manual presents a scaled-down adaptation of the training curriculum used in the project’s workshops. CEDPA has prepared this training manual as a resource for its alumni and other trainers to build the leadership, advocacy and management skills of grassroots women leaders and others working in HIV. The curriculum is intensive and highly participatory, reflective of CEDPA’s training philosophy of creating a supportive learning environment that promotes the exchange of expertise and experience.