UNDP has released a new Issue Brief, titled Advancing Human Rights, Equality and Inclusive Governance to End AIDS. The Issue Brief provides a short overview of the report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law and a snapshot of outcomes that it has contributed to.
It is a violation of women’s rights, a major global health problem, and is experienced by approximately one in three women worldwide. Yet the fight to end violence against women is too often overlooked and underfunded. To mark International Women’s Day, meet the woman working to raise awareness and get survivors the support they need in crisis-affected South Sudan.
The theme of this year’s Zero Discrimination Day is make some noise. Raising our voices in solidarity for compassion, diversity, equality, inclusion and tolerance is core to our common humanity. Today we renew our commitment to achieving a world free of stigma and discrimination and a world where no one is left behind.
In her 2013 memoir, activist Malala Yousafzai recounts a moment that changes not only the course of her destiny but that of many other young girls across the world. On a trip in northwest Pakistan, she comes across a girl selling oranges who is unable to read or write. Disturbed by the discovery that this girl had not received an education, Malala makes a decision that she famously continues to see through: “I would do everything in my power to help educate girls just like her. This was the war I was going to fight.”
On World AIDS Day, we mourn the tragic loss of 1.1 million people to AIDS this year, and reiterate that we must all redouble our efforts to prevent the estimated 6000 new HIV infections which continue to occur each day. Today we gather our strength to confront new and continuing challenges, for the future of AIDS — and of UNAIDS.
- Six Southeast Asian countries collaborate on HIV stigma and discrimination reduction
- New legal principles launched on International Women’s Day to advance decriminalization efforts
- Time to scale what works
- Repealing laws targeting people living with HIV/AIDS saves lives
- Legal empowerment is key to ending AIDS