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World AIDS Day 2013 Message – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon
On this World AIDS Day, I am more optimistic than ever. Much of the world is accelerating progress in responding to HIV. There are significant decreases in new infections and deaths, and we are making good progress in realizing our target of ensuring 15 million people have access to antiretroviral treatment by 2015. This is crucial to halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic for good. Read full article here
World AIDS Day 2013 Message – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
UN Women remains committed to the goals of getting to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths. Today on World AIDS Day, we pay tribute to those working around the world to achieve these goals and reaffirm the strategic importance of getting to zero violence and discrimination against women and girls to make greater progress. Read full article here
World AIDS Day 2013 Message – UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin
As we mark World AIDS Day, we can point to significant progress in the global response to the epidemic on the road to reaching the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Worldwide, the number of new HIV infections continues to fall, more people have access to anti-retroviral treatment and, as a result, fewer people are dying of AIDS. Read full article here
The link in Africa between violence to women and HIV must be broken
Commentary by Lynne Featherstone and Annie Lennox: Tears may dry in seconds. Bruises may disappear in days – and scars might eventually fade. But of all the devastating consequences of violence against women and girls, there is one lasting impact that cannot be hidden underneath clothing or concealed behind a forced smile. In sub-Saharan Africa every minute of every day a woman becomes infected with HIV, adding to the tragic and persistent spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Read full article 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 nine sub-Saharan African countries as a means to reduce vulnerabilities to and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS. Through support to grassroots organizations, these efforts have enhanced the awareness of legislators, policymakers, local and traditional leaders, and communities on the specific vulnerabilities of women living with HIV or affected by AIDS. Interventions focused on empowering women living with HIV to report violations and pursue redress through rights-awareness and legal literacy strategies.
To learn more about their momentous results and find other resources related to women's legal empowerment in the context of HIV and AIDS. Please visit: http://genderandaids.org/wpir