Clockwise from top: Marching through the streets of Toronto with a universal message. Mme Leontine Ouedraogo/Tougouma (left) and Mme Ouedraogo/KI Abi of the Burkina Faso group, Association Burkin Action -- a volunteer group working with HIV+ women and children with no access to HIV treatment. Maria Jose Vaszques, ICW International Steering Committee Chair. Anne-christine d'Adesky and Kathryn Anastos, MD of Women's Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx). Hilda Perez-Vasques of Collectiva Sol in Mexico, a group of women helping to fight for visibility and empowerment of HIV+ women in Mexico. Center: "Tonya", a 30-year old HIV+ Mexican woman. Her husband died shortly after her diagnosis and within 6 months she began co-facilitating a support group for women. She stays strong with the help of her fellow HIV+ women.
Top: Members of Stella from Quebec and Asian advocates for Sex Workers Rights gather at the Women and Girls Rally. Middle row from left: Congresswoman Barbara Lee speaking out for HIV+ women. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, a tireless advocate for women living with HIV/AIDS. Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa, a committed and inspiring ally in the fight against HIV/AIDS among women. Bottom row from left: International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) members at the Women and Girls Rally. ICW activists at the Women and Girls Rally.
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