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GCWA: New Director of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS

05 Sep, 2011

Kristan Schoultz is the new Director of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, initiated by UNAIDS in 2004, is a unique partnership of UN agencies, civil society groups and networks of women living with HIV who advocate for improved programming for women and girls. In joining the Coalition, Ms Schoultz will take the partnership forward to help ensure that AIDS strategies better address the needs of women and girls. “Empowering women must be a priority for us all and strong leadership is needed to achieve that,' said Dr Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS. 'I’m delighted that Kristan will be taking up this position as Director of the Global Coalition. Her years of experience and longstanding commitment to AIDS and gender issues will be vital in ensuring that the AIDS response addresses the needs of women, and works much better for them,” he added. Ms Schoultz has been involved in the AIDS response for over 15 years and has held senior posts with UNAIDS as Country Coordinator in Pakistan, Ghana, and Kenya. More recently, she served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Botswana