2000 Durban

At the XIII International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, HIV-positive women leaders, advocates, and public health researchers identified the need for an independent forum where women from the local Durban community could engage with delegates attending the conference and where issues that were not part of the official conference proceedings could be raised.

This need for a more targeted female discussion drove the creation of Women at Durban. Women at Durban operated as a community satellite conference in which 300 South African women from Kwa-Zulu Natal and other provinces participated in workshops, panel discussions, and strategising sessions specific to women affected by HIV and AIDS. Women at Durban was highly successful in enabling greater communication between community actors and conference participants and opened up a space for information exchange, knowledge transfer, skills-building, and critical dialogue on politically challenging topics of the time, such as access to treatment.