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5 Oct, 2009
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Health sector: Balancing on wheels of hope

In a fleeting moment whilst there is something trendy about being a "50-something woman", I am happy to report that I have just been  for a wonderful relaxing 3-hour bike ride, 26 miles and back along our local estuary. Herons stalking, gulls crying, swans aslurping, children laughing and the hedges overladen with succulent blackberries on a glorious Indian summer Saturday. I may not have Dame Edna's pheromones but I certainly have nicely developing thigh muscles, and also have a few more miles - and smiles - in me too.

5 Oct, 2009

India / Social determinants: Poverty makes women vulnerable to HIV

Kohima.- Approximately 80 % of women living with HIV & AIDS in Nagaland come from families living below the poverty line. “Many of these women are too poor to even afford one square meal a day which is vital for them to gain energy to withstand the strong effects of their medications,” according to the department of Women Development.

2 Oct, 2009
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GCWA partner / Prevention: HIV vaccine—a public good to right a global wrong

The promise of a vaccine against HIV has got one step closer. Results from the largest vaccine trial ever conducted show a modest but encouraging 31% efficacy in preventing new HIV infections in Thailand. This has vindicated thousands of scientists and volunteers who have been hoping that a safe and highly effective HIV vaccine is possible This news comes at a time when the movement to achieve universal access to HIV prevention and treatment is gaining momentum.

1 Oct, 2009
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Violence: Working to Prevent and Address Violence Against Women Migrant Workers

Almost half of the total number of migrant workers in the world today are women. It is important to acknowledge that labour migration may benefit them through economic and socio-cultural empowerment, however, due to their dual vulnerability as migrants and women, they are still disproportionately exposed to a variety of risks arising from their mobility.

1 Oct, 2009
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Nigeria / Prevention-PMTCT: Inching towards universal access to PMTCT services

Nairobi.- More than half of HIV-positive pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries continue to go without life-saving anti-retroviral medication that could prevent transmission of the virus to their unborn children, according to a new report, Towards Universal Access. "Although there is increasing emphasis on women and children in the global HIV/AIDS response, the disease continues to have a devastating impact on their health, livelihood and survival," Ann Veneman, executive director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), said in a statement. According to the report, in 2008, 45 pe

30 Sep, 2009

Chad / Violence: Female refugees from Darfur face rape, other violence daily in Chad

Nairobi.- Women and girls who fled the fighting in Darfur face rape and other violence daily in eastern Chad, even inside the refugee camps where they have sought sanctuary, according to a report released yesterday The Amnesty International report says the women and girls are attacked by villagers living nearby, members of the Chadian Army and aid workers in the camps.

29 Sep, 2009

Uganda / Prevention: Couple-Centred Interventions Key in HIV Fight

Kampala — THE findings of the modes of transmission study conducted last year indicate that incidence of HIV is rising especially among married couples aged 30-40.

29 Sep, 2009

Nicaragua / Empowerment: Desesperanza y soledad viven mujeres con sida

Una mujer con VIH-Sida en Nicaragua tiene un triste destino: no es sujeto de empleo ni de financiamiento. Para Arely Cano, representante de ICW Nicaragua, lo que más preocupa ante ese panorama es que poco se está haciendo para revertirlo. Cano, quien porta el VIH desde hace once años, advirtió que el 90 % de las 1,994 mujeres que conviven con el virus --cifra acumulada desde 1987-- están desempleadas. Y no sólo eso: no tienen casa propia y son jefes de familia. “Cuando se habla con estas mujeres se siente desesperanza y soledad.

26 Sep, 2009

GCWA partners / Violence: New Initiative to Address Sexual Violence Against Girls Launched at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five United Nations organizations (UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNIFEM, WHO) and private sector supporters will join together later today via the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in a new approach to address the rights violations and health impacts of sexual violence against girls.

26 Sep, 2009
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Cuba / Violence: Cuba: Enfrentar la violencia, de cara al VIH/sida

La Habana, octubre (Especial de SEMlac).- Enseñar a las mujeres a identificar y enfrentar la violencia de género es imprescindible a la hora de desarrollar labores de prevención frente al VIH/sida. A golpe de silencios lo aprendió Damaris Rondón, ama de casa de 37 años, residente en Yara, municipio de la provincia de Granma, a unos 750 kilómetros al este de La Habana. "Mi mejor amiga se infectó con el sida hace tres años, después de llevar más de 10 casada con el que era su novio desde la secundaria. Él tenía otra relación y no se protegía.

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