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In the News

Gender: HIV&AIDS – married women face the biggest dilemma
In Zimbabwe – women have a higher HIV and AIDS prevalence rate, and lessons learnt have showed that marriage can actually increase the risk and vulnerability of HIV infection amongst young women. This is due mainly to the fact that married women lack the choice and power to control their sexual and reproductive health as most fail to negotiate for safe sex.  Read full article here.
 
HIV disparity still exists for women of color
In the United States, one in four people living with HIV, are women. Per the CDC, Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina women are disproportionately affected by HIV as compared with women of other races/ethnicities.  Of the 137,504 estimated number of women living with diagnosed HIV at the end of 2013, 61 percent were African American, 17 percent were Hispanic, and 17 percent were white.  Read full article here.
 
OpEd: Standing With a Sisterhood to Fight Against HIV
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, celebrated March 10, was a day to raise awareness of the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls in the United States. Many Americans believe this is a passé issue and that in 2016 women would know everything they need to know about this infection and ways to protect themselves. Unfortunately, they are wrong. The reality is, accessing this information and then acting on this knowledge is nearly impossible when we doubt our worthiness, capability or potential. Read full article here.
 

What's New

On the occasion of Zero Discrimination Day, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS launched a new report entitled "Human Rights of Women Living with HIV in the Americas."  The report, developed by CIM and UNAIDS with the collaboration of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW Latina), includes information from the following sources: questionnaires completed by 14 countries, studies on stigma and discrimination from 11 countries with 7,822 interviewees, the UNAIDS global database (AIDSINFO) and a literature review.

 

 UN Women highlight the unique barriers to treatment faced by women living with HIV/AIDS at the AIDS Society Conference

 

At the pivotal International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada from 19-22 July, the focus was on HIV care and treatment as new data highlights the effectiveness of earlier treatment initiation. Commissioned by UN Women, AVAC, ATHENA network and Salamander Trust presented initial findings from a new global review of the status of access to care and antiretroviral therapy (ART) for women living with HIV. Unique in its methodology, the study was designed and governed by women living with HIV and aims to ensure that their voices, and concerns about specific barriers to access, remain front-and-center in discussions. Read more here.

 

Championing Gender Equality in the HIV Response: The experiences of five programme countries

 

 

This advocacy kit provides key results and lessons learned in Cambodia, Jamaica, Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Rwanda under the European Commission – UN Women programme, "Supporting Gender Equality in the Context of HIV and AIDS (2009-2013)", which demonstrates the important progress and transformational changes that can derive from investments targeted towards implementation of commitments to gender equality. These include policies, programmes and budgets, as well as empowering the leadership and participation of women and girls, especially those living with HIV. The advocacy kit provides a global overview of the programme and includes country profiles featuring the specific strategies, results and lessons learned in each of the five countries that were part of the programme. Read more of this report here.

 

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 ninesub-Saharan African countries  as a means to reduce vulnerabilities to and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS.  To learn more visit the site here.


Women's Stories

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

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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.