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World Health Day 2017

06 April 2017

This year, World Health Day, 7 April, focuses on the issue of depression. Impacting millions of people around the world, depression is the leading cause of illness and disability across the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More

From where I stand: Chum Sopha

01 December 2016

Chum Sopha, now 29, works with HIV-positive women in Roka Village in north-west Cambodia. More

World AIDS Day Statement: For young women, inequality is deadly

30 November 2016

For young women, inequality is deadly—Statement by UN Women on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2016 More

From where I stand: Natalia Minayeva

30 November 2016

On World AIDS Day, we highlight the story of Natalia Minayeva from Kazakhstan, who was imprisoned in the so-called “AIDS barracks” and now works to protect the rights of HIV-positive women. More

Bringing women’s needs into policy response on drug use

23 June 2016

While men make up most of those using or trafficking drugs, women are often the invisible participants and victims—one out of three drug users is a woman, and only one out of five drug users in treatment is a woman. Ahead of the International Day against Drug Use and Illicit Trafficking, a spotlight on drug use among women and UN Women's related programmes. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for World AIDS Day

01 December 2015

In her statement for World AIDS day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the importance of breaking down barriers that stop women and girls demanding health care services and realizing their rights. More

Fast-tracking the end of the AIDS epidemic for women

01 December 2015

Ahead of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa, UN Women together with partners, organized a women’s pre-conference under the theme “Fast-tracking the end of the AIDS epidemic for women in the post-2015 development framework.” More

UN Women to highlight the unique barriers to treatment faced by women living with HIV/AIDS

16 July 2015

At the pivotal International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada from 19-22 July, the focus will be on HIV care and treatment as new data highlights the effectiveness of earlier treatment initiation. Commissioned by UN Women, AVAC, ATHENA network and Salamander Trust will present initial findings from a new global review of the status of access to care and antiretroviral therapy (ART) for women living with HIV. Unique in its methodology, the study was designed and governed by women... More

The voice of caregivers

14 May 2015

Ahead of International Day of Families on 15 May, we share Violet Shivutse’s story, featured as a story of change in UN Women’s flagship report Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights. More

In Sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS widows strive to regain their rights after husbands are gone

21 June 2013

AIDS widows face additional economic and social exclusion, and for many, living with HIV adds to their vulnerability and stigmatization. UN Women is working with community groups and traditional leaders to empower widows, protect their property and inheritance rights, and provide essential services. More

Lakshmi Puri: “Gender inequalities affect health outcomes and must be addressed accordingly”

30 May 2013

Remarks by UN Women Acting Head and Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri at a meeting hosted by H4+ and the Inter-agency Task Team on the Prevention and Treatment of HIV among Pregnant Women, Mothers and Children, during the Women Deliver Conference, 29 May 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More

Leading change at every level: HIV-affected women in Cambodia claim their rights

13 July 2012

“It is my ambition to work as hard as I can and as much as it takes to ensure that women living with HIV are able to live in good health." When the world of Dalish Prum, a young, softly-spoken Cambodian, was first shaken by the news of her HIV status, she couldn't fathom the positive meaning she would one day be able to draw from it - or the places that it would take her. More

Uniting against AIDS

05 June 2012

GENEVA, 5 June 2012 — The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is the eleventh United Nations body to join the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) as a cosponsoring partner. More

Innovative Campaign highlights HIV-positive Mothers

14 May 2012

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. More

Women Renew Commitment to End AIDS in Kenya

18 October 2011

Women living with HIV and AIDS have called for gearing up efforts to end AIDS in Kenya after a recent survey showed HIV prevalence among women is higher than the national rate. More

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