“Women are mobilizing…”

Women are mobilizingWomen are mobilizing…   Women from across Civil Society and across the globe are mobilizing to thank UNAIDS for their investments in women and girls and to let them know that there is still so much to be done. We urgently need to have global leadership, partnership and accountability that includes women from grassroots upwards to shape, guide and influence the policies and interventions that impact our lives. We can not go backwards and must have systems in place that protect our gains and continue to move us forward.

Please find the sign-on letter below to UNAIDS.
Anyone who wishes to sign on can email kristenldegraaf <at> gmail.com  with your name, country and organization (if applicable) by 24 Feb. Please share widely. Thank you everyone!
Brightest Wishes,  Ebony Johnson

Women have spoken: #WhatWomenWant is renewed leadership, investment, and partnership

We are at an historic moment rich with opportunity, yet we are challenged with ambiguity, contradiction, and uncertainty that threaten to reverse the gains made in terms of our rights, our health, and our equality.  The connections we make, the work we undertake, the experiences we bring, the vision we shape, and the future we build together is more critical than ever to achieve a world where women in all our diversity and across our lifecycle lead and realize our dreams.   Achieving our rights and health, and living with dignity, depends on achieving justice, safety, and equality for all.

The most effective solutions for women and girls must include us, our voices, our visions, and our guidance.

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In Solidarity with Tobeka Daki

Lawyers Collective Tobeka Statement of Lawyers Collective in solidarity with the “Tobeka Daki Campaign for Access to Trastuzumab”

7 February 2017

The Lawyers Collective joins people living with cancer and health groups across the world who are demonstrating today to call attention to the unethical and inhuman behaviour of Swiss multinational company Roche in denying access to trastuzumab which is used to treat HER2-positive breast cancer. First and foremost, Lawyers Collective condoles the death of Tobeka Daki. We were deeply saddened to hear of her passing in November last year. We salute Tobeka’s courage in fighting for access to trastuzumab not just for herself but for thousands of women in South Africa who are forced to run from pillar to post by Roche’s profiteering. We join our friends and colleagues in mourning for Tobeka and pledging to work towards fulfilling her vision of access to trastuzumab and other cancer medicines for all women who need them.

A key concern for women living with cancer who need this and other biologic cancer medicines is the availability and affordability of biosimilar versions of trastuzumab.  Most patients in search of affordable medicines turn to India and although trastuzumab biosimilars are now available in India, Roche is using multiple litigations to thwart and discourage biosimilar manufacturers from entering the market. We provide an overview of the situation in India below.

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