UNIFEM Challenges Governments to Make the Response to AIDS Work for Women and Girls

Date: 15 July 2008

The 2008 High-Level Meeting on AIDS was held at UN headquarters on 9-11 June 2008. UNIFEM served as co-lead of Panel 3: "Making the Response to AIDS Work for Women and Girls: Gender Equality and AIDS."

Speaking on behalf of the UN, Executive Director Inés Alberdi said that "it is vitally important to address the links between HIV and AIDS and violence against women and girls ... both a cause and a consequence of HIV among women of all ages, but especially young women and girls." Read the complete speech.

UNIFEM also co-organized a side event titled "Financing and Resourcing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the Context of HIV and AIDS" with the World YWCA, Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, Church World Service, and Women Won't Wait.

Panellists and audience members called on governments to increase funding for home-based care and female condoms as well as implementing and enforcing laws pertaining to violence against women, involvement of civil society and HIV-positive women, and ensuring that funding procedures follow the principles of gender equality.

For more information, please contact Ms. Nazneen Damji, nazneen.damji[at], +1 212 906-6631.