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Read the "Human rights for HIV, TB, malaria and HSS grants" information note: Core_HumanRights_InfoNote_en.pdf
Legal empowerment programs like that of UGANET in the above video are key to this goal. They show how it is possible to integrate legal support into health services, and to promote access to justice of people living with, or vulnerable to, HIV.
Building social movements. I often hear about the need to create social movements to tackle a number of entrenched global challenges such as ending extreme poverty, promoting greater income equality, and combatting climate change. History is full of social movements that have succeeded and failed. The lessons from one ongoing movement that I know well – the fight against AIDS – should be examined closely by those looking to build movements today. Lesson No. 1 from the AIDS movement is to believe only in the possibility -- not the inevitability -- of success.
The GCWA is deeply saddened by the passing of Bélgica Adela Mirabal (Dedé), last February 1, in the Dominican Republic. She was the only survivor of the Mirabal Reyes sisters, who were killed on November 26th, 1960. Dedé dedicated her life to preserve and honour her sisters'memories. The deaths of the Mirabal sisters inspired the marking of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the United Nations General Assembly, through its Resolution 54/134 of 1999. Violence against women is both a cause and consequence of HIV.
As the world observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - 25 November 2013 and the commencement of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign - the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA), stands in solidarity with the countless victims and survivors of gender based violence, and with those who are committed to eliminate violence against girls and women.
Helena Nangombe of Namibia Women's Health Network (Namibia) and GCWA advisory group member representing the UNAIDS Secretariats’ dialogue platform on the rights of women living with HIV advocates for getting to zero in the workplace. To see Helena's poster click here: Helena-Nangombe-presentation.pdf To see posters from political leaders and activists from around the world click here
The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA) welcomes the United Nations Secretary General's report, "A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015".
Text of Speech at the Inaugural Meeting of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, “Building the Future We Want: from Rio+20 to the Post 2015 Development Agenda” United Nations Trusteeship Council Chamber Gita Sen (on behalf of the Women’s Major Group) President Ashe, President Osorio, Mr Secretary General, Madam President, Mr Prime Minister, Your Excellencies, Colleagues and Friends from the Major Groups and Civil Society, Ladies and Gentlemen, I stand before you to speak on behalf of the Major Groups - and particularly the Women’s Major Group – groups that were s
click here to access the document: GCWA post-2015 global development priorities.pdf
Language matters. It impacts on how we think about ourselves, as individuals within our families and within society. As advocates and activists, we constantly use language as a tool to effect change. People living with HIV have been critical in shaping this language over the last 30 years and still play a central role in ensuring that new discourse in the HIV field does not stigmatize, but rather that it catalyzes empowerment for our community members.
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