The Organization of American States (OAS)—the world's oldest regional mechanism comprising 35 independent states of the Americas—has adopted a bold new Resolution on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of People Vulnerable to or Living with or Affected by HIV. The Resolution calls for specific measures to promote gender equality and address the needs of women, adolescents and girls, noting the strong inter-relation between gender-based violence as both a cause and consequence of HIV.
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.