Thousands of participants from around the world, including government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, NGO representatives, corporate leaders, and global media outlets will be attending the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 28 – 30 May 2013. With the 2015 Millennium Development Goal deadline rapidly approaching, the time is now to deliver for girls and women.
Women Deliver 2013 will serve as a global platform for ensuring that the health and rights of girls and women remain top priorities now, and for decades to come. The Conference will include more than 120 concurrent sessions, high-level plenaries, skills-building workshops, and ministerial and parliamentarian forums. Several of these sessions will address the gender equality dimensions of HIV/AIDS.
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.
Rivona spoke with UN Women on her way to the International Aids Conference, which will be held in Washington, D.C. from 22 to 27 July.
Read Rivona's story and watch her interview with UN Women here.