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We’ve re-launched!

Explore our site to find valuable resources, cutting-edge research, and breaking news on the gender equality dimensions of HIV/AIDS. You can contribute by uploading your own materials, networking with fellow colleagues, and locating an event near you.

In the News

HIV: Violations or investments in women’s rights?

In the context of widespread sexual violence and its reciprocal links to HIV, Alice Welbourn reports on how the formal scientific evidence base alone is beginning to be recognized as not fit-for-purpose to safeguard women's rights. Read full article here

HIV-Positive Women Respond Well to HPV Vaccine

HIV-positive women respond well to a vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV), even when their immune system is struggling, according to newly published results of an international clinical trial.  Read full article here.

Gauteng pays after forced sterilization for HIV-positive woman

The Gauteng health department has made an out-of-court settlement agreement to pay almost half-a-million rand to an HIV-positive woman for damages for the pain and suffering she endured as a result of being coercively sterilized in a state hospital. The department confirmed on Friday that the settlement was made last month. Activists say the outcome of the nearly two year-long legal battle is a "landmark" and sets a precedent for other women who were reportedly strong-armed into the permanent contraceptive procedures because they wereHIV-positive. Read full article here.

Women Still Falling Through PMTCT Cracks

South Africa has charted steady and significant decreases in mother-to-child HIV transmission rates in recent years but prevention of mother-to-child HIV (PMTCT) campaigns may still be starting HIV-positive mothers on treatment too late. Read full article here.


What's New

Action to Promote the Legal Empowerment of Women in the Context of HIV

UN Women through the support of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada has implemented a regional programme, Action to Promote the Legal Empowerment of Women in the Context of HIV, to increase women's access to property and inheritance rights in nine sub-Saharan African countries  as a means to reduce vulnerabilities to and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS. Through support to grassroots organizations, these efforts have enhanced the awareness of legislators, policymakers, local and traditional leaders, and communities on the specific vulnerabilities of women living with HIV or affected by AIDS. Interventions focused on empowering women living with HIV to report violations and pursue redress through rights-awareness and legal literacy strategies.

To learn more about their momentous results and find other resources related to women's legal empowerment in the context of HIV and AIDS.  Please visit the site here.

Women's Stories

A Positive Approach to Violence: An Interview with Indonesian HIV Advocate, Baby Rivona


Baby Rivona has advocated passionately on behalf of women living with HIV and AIDS in Indonesia since 2005. She contracted the disease herself through drug use, and was shocked by the stigma and the lack of support she encountered, from both her government and wider society.


Read Rivona's story and watch her interview with UN Women here.