Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A New Steering Committee for IRMA

As IRMA members know, our growing network of advocates, scientists, policy makers and funders (more than 800 individuals at last count) has been engaged in a process seeking applicants to join our Steering Committee (SC). Several people are stepping down after exemplary service, and we decided to expand the SC to 20 seats.

See our Terms of Reference for more info on the SC (yes, the document needs to be updated --- a project for 2009!)

Monday, December 8 was the deadline for applications/nominations - and we are delighted to announce that 24 people have applied for the 10 open positions.

The applicant pool is diverse in microbicide research and advocacy expertise, professional and personal backgrounds, gender, sexuality, HIV status and geography - we have folks from Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, India, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Peru, and the United States who have asked to be considered.

One thing each had in common - the skills, knowledge, energy, passion and commitment to advocate on behalf of the millions of men and women who engage in anal intercourse and need prevention options that go beyond latex.

Our next steps are as follows:

Over the next month, a nominations committee will be reviewing all the applicants and looking to see how they, in addition to the SC members who are staying on, fulfill the qualities IRMA is looking for to take our rectal microbicide advocacy efforts to the next level in 2009 and beyond.

Our goal is to announce new members of the SC in the month of January --- and then get down to business! We have a lot to do!

Stay tuned! For any questions on the process, contact us.

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