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UNAIDS report calls for women and girls to be put at the centre of the AIDS response

UNAIDS urges the UN system to take action to support governments, civil society and development partners in reinforcing country actions to ensure that the human rights of women and girls are protected and put at the centre of the global AIDS response. The ‘Agenda for Accelerated Country Action for Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV (2010-2014)’ entails a five year action plan with clear points on how the UN can work together with governments, civil society and development partners to:

• produce better information on the specific needs of women and children in the context of HIV;
• turn political commitments into increased resources and actions so HIV programmes can better respond to the needs of women and girls; and
• support leaders to build safer environments in which women’s and girls’ human rights are protected.

HIV is today the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age (15-49) worldwide and the situation is particularly severe in Southern Africa where 60 percent of people living with HIV are women. Unfortunately HIV services often fail to sufficiently address the specific needs of women and girls.

AIDS Accountability International’s own initiative, the AIDS Accountability Scorecard on Women, was launched in December last year and shows that governments worldwide are failing women in the global AIDS response. The Scorecard highlights the need for better reporting on what governments are doing to respond to the specific vulnerabilities of women and girls.

The UNAIDS report also states that up to 70 percent of women worldwide encounter violence and that this hampers women’s ability to negotiate safer sex.  “Violence against women is unacceptable and must not be tolerated”, said UNAIDS’s Executive Director Michael Sidibé during the press conference on Tuesday.

“Women and girls are not victims, they are the driving force that brings about social transformation”, Sibidé continued.

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Launch event on World AIDS Day in Stockholm

On World AIDS Day, December 1, AIDS Accountability International hosted the launch of its new rating initiative, The AIDS Accountability Scorecard on Women in Stockholm, Sweden. The event featured prominent speakers within the field of HIV/AIDS and gender, who discussed the urgent need to address the vulnerability of women in the HIV response, and the importance of strong leadership and accountability in achieving internationally agreed goals and targets.

State Secretary to the Minister of International Development Cooperation, Mr. Joakim Stymne, opened the event, and AAI’s Scientific Director Dr. Per Strand presented the AIDS Accountability Scorecard on Women and its key findings. Senior advisor at Noak’s Ark, Ms. Ophelia Haanyama Orum, presented a personal reflection on her experience as a woman living with HIV, and spoke about the need for more women leaders, ‘Today is World AIDS Day, but every day is AIDS day for me. Thank you for joining me today’.

Mr. Rodrigo Garay, AIDS Accountability International’s Executive Director, also highlighted the importance of men in the response, ‘It is time for us as men and leaders to take action and help improve the situation for women’.

Other key speakers included the President of RFSU, Ms. Åsa Regnér, the founding Chairman of AAI, Prof. Lars O. Kallings and the President of UNIFEM’s National Committee Sweden, Ms. Maud Edgren-Schori. Ms. Marie Hedlund Dahlberg moderated the event. The Royal College of Music provided musical intonation, and art by Marianne Bergengren was also exhibited.

Participants in the event included ambassadors and other country representatives, whilst representatives from civil society and research institutions also attended.

Nazneen Damji talks about scorecard on World Focus

Martin Savidge interviews Nazneen Damji, the program manager of gender equality at the United Nations Development Fund for Women, about the Scorecard on Women.

Damji discusses the growth of AIDS among women and looks at the countries where women are most vulnerable to the virus. She also discusses the Scorecard as a tool for dialogue on how to better address women´s needs in the HIV/AIDS response.

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Experts support the Scorecard on Women

“The AIDS Accountability Scorecard on Women is an important tool for holding governments accountable for their promises to those affected by HIV/AIDS. I am pleased to see a focus on the specific roadblocks that women and girls face in the epidemic. Empowering women and girls with the resources they need to protect themselves are critical to prevention and quality care for all.”

Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH, President and CEO, CARE USA

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Women and girls matter!

Scorecard on Women press launch on November 23 with Elizabeth Mataka, Sigrun Møgedal and Mo Ibrahim.

Elizabeth Mataka

“We are losing too many women to this disease by not focusing on the practical interventions that really help them protect themselves from HIV infection. Nor are we holding governments accountable for their lack of action,” said Elizabeth Mataka, the United Nations Secretary-General‟s Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa. “Women matter, and it is time all governments acted on their commitments to protect women and girls from HIV/AIDS.”

Mo Ibrahim

“We need to ensure that the social, political and economic rights of women are enshrined in law and protected,” said Mo Ibrahim, business leader and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, an African initiative that aims to stimulate debate about governance. “Holding governments and other key players accountable for women‟s and girls‟ rights is essential to protecting them from HIV infection and getting them the health care they lack in so many of the world‟s countries.”

Sigrun Møgedal

Norwegian HIV/AIDS Ambassador Sigrun Møgedal said: “The findings of the Scorecard show that we know very little about what many countries are doing to reduce women‟s vulnerability to HIV infection or increase their access to essential services. Even more troublesome is the almost total absence of data on young girls, who are perhaps more vulnerable to HIV than any other population. Where is the accountability for them?”

Press release Scorecard on Women (pdf)

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75% of countries fail to report data on services for women and girls

The Scorecard on Women shows that we know far too little about what many countries are or are not doing to address women and girls’ vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. We know especially little about girls, a population for which virtually no data are being collected or reported to the UN.

The most troubling of the Scorecard on Women’s findings is that 75% of nations failed to report basic information to the United Nations about their domestic responses to the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on women. The Scorecard also found that countries with higher AIDS burdens are doing a far better job overall at reporting how their AIDS responses address the needs of women than are countries less severely impacted by the epidemic.

The map shows country reporting on UNGASS data specific to women.

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