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World AIDS Day 2013 Message – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon
On this World AIDS Day, I am more optimistic than ever. Much of the world is accelerating progress in responding to HIV. There are significant decreases in new infections and deaths, and we are making good progress in realizing our target of ensuring 15 million people have access to antiretroviral treatment by 2015. This is crucial to halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic for good. Read full article here
World AIDS Day 2013 Message – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
UN Women remains committed to the goals of getting to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths. Today on World AIDS Day, we pay tribute to those working around the world to achieve these goals and reaffirm the strategic importance of getting to zero violence and discrimination against women and girls to make greater progress. Read full article here
World AIDS Day 2013 Message – UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin
As we mark World AIDS Day, we can point to significant progress in the global response to the epidemic on the road to reaching the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Worldwide, the number of new HIV infections continues to fall, more people have access to anti-retroviral treatment and, as a result, fewer people are dying of AIDS. Read full article here
The link in Africa between violence to women and HIV must be broken
Commentary by Lynne Featherstone and Annie Lennox: Tears may dry in seconds. Bruises may disappear in days – and scars might eventually fade. But of all the devastating consequences of violence against women and girls, there is one lasting impact that cannot be hidden underneath clothing or concealed behind a forced smile. In sub-Saharan Africa every minute of every day a woman becomes infected with HIV, adding to the tragic and persistent spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Read full article here
Country Briefs on HIV and Key Affected Women and Girls in ASEAN. Asian Foundation, UN Women, UNAIDS, UNZIP the Lips Platform, et al. (2013)
The briefs are intended as a resource for policymakers in Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as planners, programme managers, health professionals, service providers, civil society organizations, including key population networks, women’s rights organizations, and others who are advocating for the needs and rights of key affected women and girls. It is hoped that key affected women and girls in each country will be able to use the country briefs to advocate on their own behalf, as well as in partnership with women’s rights groups, key population networks and human rights advocates for the information and services to which they are entitled under international health and human rights standards.
To learn more visit http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/media-and-resources