Under the project EMPOWERMENT AND POSITIVE WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP- UN Women supported the HIV positive community initiative “Diamonds-Stories of Women from the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV- A publication and a documentary, successfully launched at the 9ICAAP. The partner in this project is WAPN+ (Women from the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV).
UN Women implemented the 1st phase of the ongoing project “HIV in Intimate/partner transmission Relationships. This is an evolving project among partners from UN Agencies & the communities where UN Women supported assessments of policies and programs aimed at the prevention of HIV in intimate partner relationships in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, and Thailand.
In Cambodia, UN Women initiated the Global Programme “Supporting Gender Equality in the Context of HIV/AIDS in 2009, to ensure that gender equality and human rights perspectives are integrated into the national HIV/AIDS framework. The overall objective of this 3 year programme is to ensure that gender equality and human rights are integrated into key policies, programmes, and actions to address HIV/AIDS at the national level.
UN Women ‘s support to the Cambodia Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS continues in helping bring women’s voices into the national and community responses to HIV/AIDS in Cambodia.
UN Women is also implementing the ongoing operational research “Addressing Feminization of AIDS: Gender Power Dynamics within Marriages and Sero-discordant couples - Their implication for Plan of Action for Thailand. UN Women commissioned the study “Feminization of AIDS: Spousal / partner transmission and sero-discordant Relationships in Thailand which was presented in the UN Women-UNAIDS supported Symposium the “Women, Gender and HIV/AIDS at the 12th National AIDS Conference in Thailand on 27-29 May 2009.
In 2010 UN Women will partner with UNAIDS on an activity of the Joint UN Programme on HIV in Viet Nam to provide support to country-level action on gender and HIV/AIDS, working with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).
In China, UN Women supports HIV/AIDS and gender mainstreaming training throughout the Chinese Party School system. Training has enhanced government officials’ understanding of the links between gender and HIV/ AIDS and promotes the incorporation of gender mainstreaming and HIV/AIDS prevention in the party schools’ curriculum. (Funded by DFID and PAF 3/UNAIDS).
UN Women also conducted gender awareness and HIV/AIDS training for All China Women’s Federation (ACWF) staff at the provincial level. Training has increased their understanding of the links between gender and HIV/AIDS, the stigma experienced by HIV positive women, and the importance of strategies to reduce stigma and discrimination. (Funded by PAF 4 & 5/UNAIDS).
UN Women initiated research on the gendered impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in China. The research, funded by DFID, analyses the issues that women living with HIV/AIDS confront and proposes gender-sensitive social assistance policies.
CGF is funding China’s first comprehensive analysis of people living with HIV/AIDS from a gender perspective in co-operation with Beijing Normal University, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and NGOs. The project seeks to identify ways to improve assistance and delivery of services to women living with HIV/AIDS and their families. It also explored ways to eliminate stigma and discrimination.
In February 2009 UN Women and UNAIDS supported the Regional Technical Meeting on Responding to the Feminization of AIDS that brought together participants from South and Southeast Asia.
In October 2008, UN Women supported a three-day “Think Tank meeting held to bring together key members of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS to look into the emerging needs of women networks.