17 January 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
Talent Jumo, on behalf of the Young Women’s Leadership Initiative in Zimbabwe and the World AIDS Campaign women observers’ team:
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We acknowledge the effort by UNAIDS to work towards the advancement of the women, girls and women agenda.
In my work with the Young Women’s Leaderships Initiative and in our work with young women in Zimbabwe, we firmly believe that greater strides could be made if women’s groups were more engaged in the process. We strongly recommend that member states commit towards civil society engagement as part of the implementation of the Agenda. We further recommend that UNAIDS support this process.
6 January 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
At the 27th PCB in December 2010 in Geneva, several civil society organizations came together to highlight the needs and issues of women and girls in a strengthened HIV response. Their intervention can be read below.
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Ebony Johnson, North American Community Liaison, International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW):
I speak on behalf of the International Community of Women Living with HIV ICW-Global, the International Women’s Health Coalition, the International AIDS Women’s Caucus, the World Young Women’s Christian Association, Gestos, the World AIDS Campaign, and the Foundation for Research and Studies on Women.
Agrees the following dates for the Programme Coordinating Board meetings:
27th meeting: 6-8 December 2010
29th meeting: 6-8 December 2011
Approves the new Programme Coordinating Board NGOs: Nadia Rafif, Association de lutte contre le sida (ALCS)/ CSAT MENA, Abdullah Denovan, APN+ / Jaringan Orang Terinfeksi HIV Indonesia (JOTHI), Mabel Bianco, Fundacion para Estudio e Investigacion de la Mujer (FEIM), George Ayala, The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), and Ebony Johnson, International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW).
Elects El Salvador as Chair, Poland as Vice-Chair, and Egypt as Rapporteur for the calendar year beginning on 1 January 2011
Takes note of the strategic and political directions outlined in the Report
Takes note of the progress made in the thematic area of HIV and Security and Humanitarian Response and requests UNAIDS to provide a comprehensive report on its security and humanitarian response work to the Programme Coordinating Board after UNAIDS’ report to the UN Security Council on resolution 1308
Welcomes UNAIDS’ efforts and encourages it to further develop partnerships in collaboration with national authorities with organizations and networks that work with men and boys and gender equality to address male gender-related obstacles to HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Welcomes UNAIDS’ efforts to strengthen the incorporation of comprehensive sexuality education policies and programs into its Strategy 2011-2015. These programs should be implemented in coordination between education and health authorities and medical, social and recreational services and include both in- and out-of-school populations including young people in conditions of vulnerability
Requests UNAIDS to include in the Unified Budget and Accountability Framework the integration of Sexual and Reproductive Health services and HIV to meet the health needs of women and girls and key populations as defined in the UNAIDS Strategy 2011-2015
Requests UNAIDS to report on progress achieved in implementing the Agenda for Accelerated Action on Women and Girls by country at the 28th meeting of the Programme Coordinating Board
Requests UNAIDS to work in partnership with national stakeholders, women, girls and key populations as defined in the UNAIDS Strategy 2011-2015, to promote and facilitate better linkages between sexual and reproductive health, human rights and HIV through support at the country level towards the development of an enabling policy and legal environment, free of stigma and discrimination strengthened health and related systems, and integrated and comprehensive health services, for the improved health outcomes of women, girls and key populations
Requests UNAIDS, in partnership with national stakeholders, to document by December 2011 models of best practices on the collaboration between the AIDS and women’s movements to better understand and address the HIV-specific needs of women and girls, including the promotion and protection of their rights
Requests UNAIDS to ensure that the new Unified Budget and Accountability Framework indicators and budgetary allocations in relation to the UNAIDS Outcome Area on meeting the needs of women and girls are in line with the Agenda for Accelerated Country Action for Women and Girls