Women infected and affected by HIV face persistent challenges as a result of their gender. Each year as many as 42,000 HIV-affected women die from complications relating to HIV and pregnancy alone, and many others struggle to access prevention, treatment, care and support services.
UN Women ‘s key focus in dealing with this epidemic is by empowering women and guaranteeing their rights — so that they can protect themselves from infection, overcome stigma, and gain greater access to treatment and care. Its programmes amplify the voices of HIV- positive women, using strategies that promote their leadership and participation, while also addressing the intersections between HIV/AIDS and violence against women; and the integration of gender equality in national HIV planning. Strengthening national institutions so that they can deliver on commitments to gender equality, including for HIV- positive women and women care givers is also fostered.
Related to the work undertaken by UN Women, UNAIDS has launched a new campaign “Believe it, Do it”, which highlights the global goal of ending new HIV infections among children by 2015, and ensuring that HIV-positive women are healthy through pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding.
Learn more about this innovative campaign here »