AIDS 2012 Satellite Session – Advancing the Integration of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

Women Deliver and the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) convened a prestigious panel last Wednesday during the 19th International AIDS Conference, held in Washington DC from July 22-27, 2012. The goal of the satellite session was to spur an interactive dialogue about the links between HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programs, services and policies.

The discussion opened with video remarks from Ms. Michelle Bachelet of UN Women about the need to enhance programs, technology and policies in order to meet women's needs. Read more...

Women Need More Help In AIDS Battle, Experts Say

By Lauran Neergaard; Originally posted on The Huffington Post

Tackling the female side of the AIDS epidemic means going far beyond today's global focus on pregnant women, specialists told the world's largest AIDS meeting Wednesday.

Already women make up half the world's HIV infections. Adolescent girls are at particular risk in the hardest-hit parts of the world, and protecting them requires addressing the poverty, violence and discrimination that too many women experience around the world, said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta. Read more...

IAC 2012 – Youth Pre-Conference Report

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

Last week, the Washington DC YouthForce convened nearly 200 young people prior to the International AIDS Conference. Participants gathered at Gallaudet University from July 18 – 20 with hopes of meeting new people, sharpening skills and preparing for meaningful youth participation during the conference.

At the end of three days of workshops, plenaries, trainings, sessions, video screenings, home-group meetings, pizza parties, music & dance events and more, there were several positive outcomes and key highlights. Not only are young participants now geared up for the week, prepared with technical skills, new relationships and energy; they also developed a crowd-sourced Declaration for Change in its final editing stages by the time the pre-conference ended. Read more...


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