Gender and HIV/AIDS


UN Women works on the intersection of violence against women and HIV/AIDS and in brokering space and enhancing capacity of women living with HIV/AIDS from the perspective of women’s human rights.

UN Women supports Thailand’s first reporting on the Intimate Partner Violence Indicator.

UN Women supports Thailand in reporting for the first time on the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) indicator in the biennial Global AIDS Response Progress Report (GARPR) in March 2012.  Thailand is one of the first countries to report on this new IPV indicator.  The process was conducted in partnership with the National AIDS Management Center, through consultations with government and civil society partners, including women living with HIV.

UN Women supports women living with HIV to claim their rights

In late 2011, UN Women in Thailand collaborated with Raks Thai Foundation and Thai Positive Women’s Network to deliver “Know Your Rights” training for 25 HIV-positive women leaders from across the country. With the support of UN Women, UNAIDS and the ASEAN Foundation, this three-day training empowered positive women to use human rights frameworks, including CEDAW, to advocate for their needs and rights in the decisions and processes that affect their lives.  Women who participated in this training went onto contribute to the development of Thailand’s new national AIDS plan, its 2012 Global AIDS Response Progress Report (GARPR) and Thailand’s CEDAW Shadow Report. As a Self-Help Group Leader from the North-East of Thailand explained “Now we see how to integrate CEDAW into our work and how we can integrate our issues into other initiatives that focus on women’s rights but we still need a lot more information and support to take this work forward. We need even more in-depth information on human rights frameworks in Thailand, including CEDAW”.  UN Women Thailand continues to broker space for women living with HIV in decision-making forums, particularly government-led processes. Recent examples include a workshop to share international experiences on developing the National Action Plan on Ending Violence Against Women.

UN Women enhances the knowledge base on intimate partners and HIV/AIDS

In 2009, UN Women in collaboration with UNAIDS and the Asia Institute of Technology supported the study on “Responding to the Feminization of AIDS: Gender Power Dynamics in Marriage and Sero-discordant Relationships”, with an objective to understand the gender power dynamics that contribute to the transmission of HIV in sero-discordant relationships in order to better inform health and prevention programs.