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Women's participation in decision-making key to controlling HIV spread in Viet Nam, says the co-discoverer of the virus

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

To control the spread of HIV, Viet Nam must protect the rights of affected women and have them participate in making HIV prevention and response policies and in carrying them out, say experts including the virologist who helped discover the virus. Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, a member of the National Academy of Sciences in France who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine for her work, joined other experts in discussing the... More

In the words of Baby Rivona: “Once I fought for my rights, the other women followed”

Friday, December 1, 2017

Baby Rivona is a legend in Indonesia, loved widely, as well as feared by some. A passionate advocate of women living with HIV and AIDS, she is as often seen on the world stage, as she is the many districts and villages of her home country. Her mission is to guarantee access to treatment, services, and a life free of stigma and discrimination for women living with HIV and AIDS. She is a leading voice on ending forced sterilization of women and girls affected by HIV, and the current National... More

Women living with HIV - Ayu's story

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Since 2014, UN Women in Indonesia has been conducting a number of initiatives that aims to strengthen the capacity and to increase leadership skills of Women Living with HIV and Women Key Affected Population in Indonesia. In 2014, UN Women established a gender forum for WLHIV that served as a platform to share, learn, discuss about women and HIV‘s... More

Writing for Change: UN Women Executive Director awards journalists who bring to light the stories of HIV and gender-based violence

Friday, December 2, 2016

On World AIDS Day today, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, to award journalists for outstanding reporting on the relationship between HIV/AID and gender-based violence. Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the highest prevalence of HIV and gender-based violence (GBV) in the world. According to the recently published report by UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the... More

From where I stand: Chum Sopha

Friday, December 2, 2016

I was 27 years old and living in Thailand when I heard about the big HIV outbreak in my Cambodian village. I noticed a skin rash on my body, a common symptom of HIV, and I went back to Cambodia to get tested. When I got the diagnosis, at first, I felt numb. My husband tested HIV-positive too. It was heartbreaking to see the children in the village infected. My husband is a construction worker, which requires intensive... More

Increased focus on women needed in National HIV response

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

With women facing increased risks of HIV infection, leading experts are calling for greater emphasis on addressing the needs of women and girls in the national HIV response. In 2014 an estimated 240,000 adults were living with ... More

China campaigns for Gender Equality and ending discrimination against women living with HIV

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

On occasion of World Aids Day 2015 and 16 days of activitism against violence against women, UN Women China and the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention (NCAIDS) are conducting a campaign to call for government support and public awareness to end stigma and discrimination facing women living with HIV. The campaign entitled “Gender Equality: a step towards zero HIV/AIDS” employs messages of the HeForShe campaign to encourage men and boys to stand up... More

Empowering women is critical to ending the AIDS epidemic

Friday, March 13, 2015

In 2013, 64% of new adolescent infections globally were among young women. In sub-Saharan Africa, young women aged 15 to 24 are almost twice as likely to become infected with HIV as their male counterparts. Gender inequalities, poverty, harmful cultural practices and unequal power relations exacerbate women’s vulnerability to HIV, but concerted global commitment and action can reverse... More

Enhancing Vietnamese women living with HIV capacity to know and claim their rights through CEDAW reporting framework

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Leaders from a number of different groups of women living with HIV gathered in Ha Noi last week to participate in a training workshop “Know and claim your rights through CEDAW reporting framework” and highlight the challenges women living with HIV face in fully exercising their rights. More

With income and rights, women living with HIV/AIDS start afresh in Cambodia’s villages

Monday, December 2, 2013

More than 1,300 poor women have received home-based care, skills-training and grants to start their own businesses through a Fund for Gender Equality programme. More

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