London: Voluntary Service Overseas, VSO, ActionAid, 2007. 60 p.
Using research from 13 countries, this report demonstrates that gender inequalities and the persistent and systematic violation of their rights are leaving women and girls disproportionately vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. Poverty and limited access to education and information, discriminatory laws and ingrained gender inequalities all deny women and girls their rights. Gender-based violence, health systems that serve the needs of women poorly and limited participation in decision-making processes all fuel the feminisation of the HIV and AIDS epidemic.This report explores obstacles to universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support for all women and girls. It illustrates the ongoing violations of women's rights by the actions and inactions of those setting policies, providing funding, offering services and implementing programmes. It further provides working solutions and best practices for overcoming those obstacles. Chapter 2 provides an overview of cross-cutting women's rights issues relevant to HIV and AIDS. Chapters 3 to 5 then examine the many barriers women face in accessing HIV and AIDS prevention (Chapter 3), treatment (Chapter 4), care and support, as well as the challenges faced by women care providers (Chapter 5). Finally, the report concludes by calling upon governments in rich and poor countries, as well as donors, multilateral organisations and civil society, to take specific steps to place women's rights at the heart of their response to HIV and AIDS.
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