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Geneva: New Year's greetings from the GCWA!
Dear GCWA friends and members, I would like to wish you and your loved ones the very best for the New Year. Looking forward to the coming year from it is clear that we are at a critical point. The HIV response has made real progress. The number of people receiving antiretroviral therapy is increasing, with over 6·65 million patients in middle-income and low-income countries receiving treatment at the end of 2010. The response has brought women’s rights issues, such as gender inequality, sex work and sexual and reproductive health to the forefront of public policy.
Geneva / GCWA: GCWA recognised at the Programme Coordinating Board meeting of UNAIDS
From 13-15 December 2011, the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) meeting of UNAIDS took place in Geneva. During the agenda discussions, the work of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS was highlighted. The PCB NGO Delegation welcomed the work of the GCWA, undertaken in partnership with AIDS Legal Network, South Africa, around the Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive (the Global Plan).
Global / violence against women and girls: International Human Rights Day Statement
On International Human Rights Day 2011, the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA), a broad based coalition of civil society and United Nations partners committed to addressing HIV and women’s rights, calls on all stakeholders to join the movement for Zero Tolerance to Violence against Women and Girls. Violence against women and girls is both a cause and a consequence of HIV not only impeding effective HIV responses, but also constituting a gross human rights violation, thus further undermining the social fabric of communities.
Addis Ababa: Strong, Proud and Beautiful: Launching a Dialogue for African Action
West and Central Africa: a 12-year-old girl acquires HIV through a blood transfusion. Her parents isolate her inside the house, pushing food to her on a stick. A decade later she is denied admission to university on the basis of her HIV status. In this young woman’s words: “I won’t sleep until young women living with HIV are given a voice and a platform to speak.” Southern and East Africa: a girl child is raped and acquires HIV. In her teens she develops a fistula. Doctors tell her it’s normal for a young woman living with HIV.
Ethiopia / ICASA: GCWA Activities at ICASA 2012!
The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA), in partnership with the National Network of Positive Women Ethiopians, ATHENA Network and Southern African AIDS Trust, has convened a Women’s Networking Zone (WNZ) at the biannual ICASA Conference for the first time. The WNZ@ICASA2011 at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, builds on a decade of women’s parallel organising at International AIDS Conferences, from Durban 2000 to the present day.
Asia: How well do you know HIV in Asia-Pacific?
The Asia Pacific Community of Practice on HIV, Gender and Human Rights would like to join with the millions of others around the world in commemorating all those who have been affected by HIV and applaud the hard work of organizations and individuals working in the response to the epidemic. This year marks 30 years from when AIDS was first reported. Much has been achieve but a great deal more is required to bring an end to the epidemic. With this year’s theme of “Getting to Zero” in mind, the HIV-APCoP is raising awareness on several crucial issues related to the HIV epidemic in our region.
Global : GCWA World AIDS Day statement 2011
On World AIDS Day 2011 the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA) joins partners in the call to “get to zero”: zero new HIV infections; zero discrimination; and zero AIDS related deaths. Getting to zero requires meeting the HIV related needs of women and girls in all their diversity. Women account for over half of new HIV infections, and represent 70% of the world's poor. In sub-Saharan Africa, 60% of people living with HIV are women and in the majority of countries the epidemic shows the most growth among women between the ages of 15 and 24.
Global / harm reduction: Women who use drugs, harm reduction and HIV
The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA), the International Network of Women who Use Drugs (INWUD), and the Women’s Harm Reduction International Network (WHRIN) are pleased to present a new issue brief regarding women who use drugs on HIV, harm reduction and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Global / AIDS Financing: Decline in AIDS funding risks jeopardizing recent gains made by countries
See below the UNAIDS Press Statement on the Global Fund’s decision to replace its next call for country proposals (Round 11) with a new transitional funding mechanism. The GCWA is currently developing a briefing paper which will analyse the implications for women.
Violence Against Women: UN Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence against Women is accepting applications
The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 16th grant cycle (2011) from government authorities, civil society organizations and networks — including non-governmental, women’s and community-based organizations and coalitions, and operational research institutions — and UN Country Teams (in partnership with governments and civil society organizations).
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