Positive Action for Girls and Women

Helping to tackle the harmful cultural norms that both limit the aspirations of girls and women, and increase their vulnerability to HIV.

Across the globe, adolescent girls and young women have a significantly higher risk of HIV infection than their male counterparts, with HIV prevalence almost seven times higher in some parts of the world.[1]

Positive Action for Girls and Women (PAGW) is committed to tackling key behavioural and structural barriers that may increase adolescent girls’ and young women’s vulnerability to HIV.

ViiV Healthcare has committed £2 million per year over five years (2015 – 2020) to encourage community-led interventions that target adolescent girls and young women worldwide. We will seek to fund projects that address sexual violence, harmful practices, early marriage, and sexual and reproductive health and rights for underserved adolescent girls and young women.



The Call for Proposals is now open

Positive Action for Girls and Women has now moved to a rolling application process, with applications being accepted all year round. Applications will be reviewed at Board meetings throughout the year.

We have also made some changes to our topic areas for small grants, and these are detailed in the guidance notes.

For more information about the Call for Proposals, application review dates, and guidance on how to submit your application, please log on to the Positive Action online community.


Board Members

All final funding decisions are made by the external PAGW Board. Our Board members work with adolescent girls and young women on HIV and sexual and reproductive health issues globally:

  • Georgina Caswell (Chair), South Africa
  • Susana Fried, United States of America
  • Tinos Kebede, Ethiopia
  • Jennifer Ho, Thailand
  • Rashida Ferrand, Zimbabwe
  • Amanda Madyadi, Zimbabwe

Positive Action for Girls and Women are a proud partner and contributor to the DREAMS Innovation Challenge.

DREAMS aims to achieve a 40% reduction in HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women by the end of 2017 within the highest burden areas of 10 DREAMS countries – Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

DREAMS Innovation Challenge brings together thinkers from inside and outside the HIV sector to implement solutions that address the root causes increasing girls’ HIV risk.

Winning solutions demonstrate a readiness for rapid implementation in one or more of the 10 DREAMS countries, and an ability to show impact within two years, with the potential for long-lasting change. Positive Action for Girls and Women support the capacity building of some winning groups to implement their ideas.


The PAGW awarded new grants to community-based organisations in February 2017. The Call for Proposals for PAGW grants is now open throughout the year, and more successful grantees will be announced later this year.

2017 new grantees:

Organisation Grant
Africa Educational Trust
South Sudan
Care for Basotho
Care for Basotho Association Project
Centre for Initiative and Development (CFID Taraba)
Improving Access to SRHR/Services to Internally Displaced Girls and Women
Good Samaritan Association
Building Community Competency in addressing SRHR issues for early adolescents
HIV and SRHR education and access in Marsabit, using football
Accelerating Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in Northern Kenya
Kiyita Family Alliance for Development (KIFAD)
Girl Power (GIRP)
Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association
Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association (MIAA) Project
Ndola Nutrition Organisation
Project – Male participation in reducing incidences of early and forced marriages
Pride Community Health Organisation
Community SRHR Responses for Adolescents in Mungu and Chikupi Communities

2016 grantees:

Preventing Child Early and Force Marriage (CEFM) in the of Cameroon.
South Sudan
Association for the defense of women's Rights (ADDF)
Rendre Accessible les services de Sante des Jeunes et Adolescents (RAJA)
Association Lead Santé
Increased SRH information, resources, and services for young rural adolescents
Centre for Life Support Mission and Livingspring Human Development Initiative
Promoting Sustainable Social Protection of the Girl Child in Osun State
Family Health Options Kenya
Transformation and Empowerment – GATE
Home for Human Rights
Empowering community leaders to end violence against Girls and Women
Sri Lanka
Kenya Arid Regions Children Fund
Improvement of SRHR information among Kangemi and Kibagare slums HIV+ girls
Kenya Council of Imams and Ulamaa
Project: Wezesha Wasichana Wetu (Empower our Girls)
Youth Association for Development
Youth Association for Development Project
Youth Harvest Foundation
Youth Harvest Foundation, Ghana Project