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Global Campaign for Microbicides records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00668

Scope and Contents

The collection includes a wide range of materials from published scientific research to documentation of the Global Campaign for Microbicides'lobbying efforts in Washington, as well as personal correspondence and handwritten notebooks kept by founding director Lori Heise. Literature from numerous international conferences on HIV/AIDS prevention and ethics of clinical trials; testimony and papers by Heise; as well as fundraising and media campaigns is included. There is good visual material for display, incuding posters, brochures, and materials used for travelling exhibits. Memoranda and e-mails between staff members and partners illustrate ongoing interaction with policymakers, potential donors, and the scientific community. Documentation of work in several developing countries reflects the varied cultural, political, and gender issues GCM was mediating. Materials used by partner NGOs to educate women in many countries is included and is instructive regarding the obstacles women face in trying to protect themselves. The collection includes several educational videos, as well as digital photos of GCM events. This collection will be of interest to scholars researching the history of transnational health and political aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention, particularly in relation to women's reproductive rights. GCM's focus on the importance of developing prevention methods that can be completely managed by women make it of interest to feminist scholars as well. Alphabetized acronym glossary (last page of box list). Emphemera is a long, rolled banner onto which petitions for "greater investment into HIV/STI Prevention Options for Women" have been pasted (circa 1999.).

Dates

  • 1990-2011

Creator

Language of Materials

Though the vast majority of this collection is in English, literature produced by GCM and its international partners was printed in many languages. Some brochures, posters and other campaign materials in the collection is in French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: Researcher must sign Access Agreement Form before using Box 5 (contains personal info of training applicants). Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies. Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, Yasmin Halima has assigned the copyright of the Global Campaign for Microbicides' works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by the Global Campaign for Microbicides, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

The Washington-based Global Campaign for Microbicides (GCM), which engaged over 300 organizations worldwide from its founding in 1998 to the present, focused on encouraging the development of HIV/AIDS prevention methods that women could use autonomously, with no active partner participation. GCM worked to put control of prevention in the hands of women through use of products such as anti-viral vaginal gels or vaccines. GCM functioned globally, particularly in developing countries in Africa, India and elsewhere, as a"unifying platform for civil society advocacy"to build momentum among policymakers, opinion leaders and the general public for increased investment in microbicides and other user-controlled prevention options. GCM has also worked with local coalitions in the USA and Canada to provide localized public education and advocacy, and to mobilize constituents to support policy-related activities. The collection includes papers of founding director Lori Heise, who resigned in 2009 and is widely credited with getting gender violence onto the international health agenda.

Extent

24 linear feet (24 boxes. Other materials in the collection: 1 oversized box; rolled banner.)

1.007 Gigabytes

Overview

The Washington-based Global Campaign for Microbicides (GCM), which engaged over 300 organizations worldwide from its founding in 1998 to the present, focused on encouraging the development of HIV/AIDS prevention methods that women could use autonomously, with no active partner participation. The collection contains a wide range of materials from published scientific research to documentation of the GCM's lobbying efforts in Washington, as well as personal correspondence and handwritten notebooks kept by founding director Lori Heise.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Global Campaign for Microbicides Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2012 by then Director Yasmin Halima.

Related Materials

Dazon Dixon Diallo Papers and oral history (in VOF)

General

AAVP African AIDS Vaccine Program AMAG African Microbicide Advocacy Grove AMD Alliance for Microbicide Development APCASO Asian Pacific Council of AIDS Service Organizations CCWG Cross-network CAB Working Group (see NIAID) CHGE Center for Health, Gender, Equality DAIDS Division of AIDS (see NIAID) DFID Department for International Development GAP Gujarat AIDS Awareness and Prevention GCWA Global Coalition on Women and AIDS HPTN HIV Prevention Trials Network ICRW International Center for Research on Women IFH International Family Health INHC International Women’s Health Coalition IRBs Institutional Review Boards IWHC International Women’s Health Coalition IWHM International Women’s Health Meeting MDF Microbicide Development Fund MDS Microbicide Development Strategy MMCT Microbicide Media and Communications Initiative MRC Medical Research Council NIAID National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease NHVMAG Nigeria HIV Vaccine and Microbicides Advocacy Group PIWH Pacific Institute on Women’s Health SWAA Society for Women and AIDS in Africa SWAK Society for Women and AIDS in Kenya WAWD ? WHAM Women’s Health Advocates on Microbicides

Processing Information

The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created. Some computer media were unable to be copied.
Title
Finding aid to the Global Campaign for Microbicides records
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Madison White, Ellice Amanna
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-15: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2020-04-08: Description added for born-digital content.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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