REPORT ON THE WOMEN NETWORKING ZONE, 18TH ICASA
You will find in this report the various activities that took place in the Women Networking Zone during the 18th ICASA Conference that took place from 29 November to 4 December 2015 in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women; the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Sophia Forum are taking this opportunity to launch their campaign ‘Walk in Our Knickers’ to highlight the fact that women living with HIV are twice as likely to have been or be affected by gender violence. ‘Walk in Our Knickers’ aims to raise awareness, advocate for improved practice and prompt responses from policy makers and government.
Gender Equality and Key Populations Results, Gaps and Lessons From the Implementation of Strategies and Action Plans
The Gender Equality Strategy (2008) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities (SOGI) Strategy (2009) were the first formal, strategic commitments by the Board of the Global Fund to addressing these areas within the institution’s policies and investments.This Rapid Review focuses on the current frameworks for implementing the strategies - the Gender Equality Action Plan 2014-2016 and the Key Populations Action Plan 2014-2017. The review was conducted in January – March 2016 by an independent consultant, informed by over 45 key stakeholder interviews and 70 resources.
This report presents recent scientific evidence about the links between HIV, HPV and cervical cancer, and it supplies relevant epidemiological, screening, vaccination and innovation data. Ultimately, its goal is to (a) promote synergies between HIV and cervical cancer prevention programmes, (b) make the case for integrating cervical cancer prevention into existing HIV treatment and prevention programmes, (c) explain the opportunities for women’s health that exist in coordinating HIV and cervical cancer prevention, and (d) advance prevention and treatment literacy among affected populations.
Together for Girls’ (TfG) 2015-2016 stakeholderreport “Breaking the Cycle of Violence” is now available. The report includes findings from the 2015 Violence Against Children Surveys in Malawi, Nigeria and Zambia. It also highlights the partnership’s global advocacy accomplishments and country partners’ progress in responding to violence, including programs in Malawi and Cambodia that are working to change social norms and educate youth on skills that can be protective against violence.
In collaboration with UNAIDS and other partners, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IRTG, a Global Network of Trans Women and HIV, have released a new publication entitled Implementing comprehensive HIV and STI programmes with transgender people: practical guidance for collaborative interventions. The publication presents concrete steps that public health officials, health workers and nongovernmental organizations can adopt to implement HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) programmes with transgender people.
This new viewpoint article entitled "Ethical, strategic and meaningful involvement of women living with HIV starts at the beginning" is based on the global values and preferences survey conducted for WHO in 2014, as it updates its guidelines on the SRH&HR of women living with HIV. This article can be found in the Journal of Virus Eradiction: http://viruseradication.com/journal-details/Ethical,_strategic_and_meaningful_involvement_of_women_living_with_HIV_starts_at_the_beginning/