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In the News

Paying girls to go to school does not prevent HIV: study

A new study has found that giving cash transfers to high school girls to attend school in rural Mpumalanga did not reduce their risk of contracting HIV‚ according to investigators from the HIV Prevention Trials Network. Read more here.

 
HIV is Personal for Girls in Uganda

Every week, 570 young women aged 15 to 24 get infected with HIV in Uganda, according to a 2011 survey by the country's Ministry of Health. Here, Maureen Amenya tells the story of one of these young people. Read More here.

 
Kenya Joins HIV DREAMS Project

Kenya will be getting new support to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS among adolescent girls. President Obama announced Sunday that Kenya would be included in the DREAMS project. Read more here.

 
Dr Suniti Solomon, who detected India’s first HIV case, dies at 76

“She was the first girl we tested that I spoke to, and she changed me”, Solomon recalled in a 2009 interview with India’s Mint newspaper. Read more here.

 

What's New

 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.

 

Fast-Tracking the AIDS response for young women and adolescent girls in Africa

 

 

This document outlines three political commitments to advance the rights and empowerment of Africa’s young women and girls to help Fast-Track an AIDS response firmly rooted in gender equality and social justice. The commitments are to stop new HIV infections among young women and adolescent girls in order to ensure that AIDS is no longer the leading cause of death among adolescents; to empower young women and adolescent girls through comprehensive sexuality education; and to prevent HIV infections among children and keep their mothers alive. Read more of this report 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.