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.
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.
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.
2017 new grantees:
|Africa Educational Trust
|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
||Preventing Child Early and Force Marriage (CEFM) in the of Cameroon.
|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
|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