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In the News

Women Deserve to Know About HIV Prevention Medication Too

In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the antiretroviral medication Truvada as the first form of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a pill to protect against getting HIV. To date, the United States is the only country to give regulatory approval to PrEP for HIV prevention. Read full article here.

 
Network for Women Living with HIV created in Pakistan

Islamabad: A network for women with HIV has been established with an aim to register women from across the country so their rights may be ensured. Positive Female Network (POFEN) has been established by the Association of People Living with HIV (APLHIV) Pakistan, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) on Monday.  Read full article here.

 
Re-routing the HIV focus to women

Efforts in combating HIV/AIDS in Malaysia have shown promising success whereby the rate of HIV transmission in the general population is at 0.05%, with the number of AIDS-related deaths steadily on the decline. Read full article here.

 
Empowering women is critical to ending the AIDS epidemic

Message from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidib√© on International Women’s Day - As we celebrate International Women’s Day, world leaders and civil society are gathering in New York to take part in the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. There, they will review the progress made since the adoption 20 years ago of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which set ambitious targets designed to improve the lives of women around the world. Read full message here.

 

What's New

59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  from all regions of the world attend the session.The main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. To learn more visit the CSW 59 site here.

 

Compendium of Gender Equality and HIV Indicators

The compendium of indicators is the result of an international collaboration of multi and bilateral donors (including UN Women, UNAIDS, WHO, USAID, PEPFAR, GFATM), civil society, NGOs, researchers and other experts who came to agreement on a set of standardized indicators to measure programmatic areas vital to the intersection of gender and HIV that may be used at national, regional or programmatic levels. The intended purpose of this compendium is to provide program managers, organizations, and policy makers with a menu of indicators to better “know their HIV epidemic/know their response” from a gender perspective in order to: strengthen national and subnational stakeholders' understanding of their HIV epidemic and response from a gender equality perspective; monitor progress towards eliminating gender-based inequities in HIV responses, and monitor and evaluate programs that address specific types of gender equality interventions in the context of HIV. The Compendium can be found 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.