The Asia Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS (IGM) kicks-off on Wednesday (28 January 2015). On the 27th January, there will be a Community Services Organisations (CSO) forum held at UNCC with an expected attendance of approximately 120 people from the community sector who will develop a Community Statement that will address critical issues. There will be a contingent of sex workers in attendance from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia and Fiji. Unzip the Lips will co-convene a side-event, with the inclusion of an APNSW representative, that will be supported by UNDP and UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Gender and HIV/AIDS (IATT).
We will continue to advocate for a gender-sensitive HIV response for key affected women and girls, of which sex workers form a sizeable proportion.
Abstract: Rights of women and girls living with HIV, female sex workers, women who use drugs, transgender people, mobile and migrant women, girls and young women are women’s rights and human rights!
Many countries in the region are experiencing concentrated epidemics, and the available evidence shows that despite the fact that more men than women are infected with HIV, key HIV affected women and girls continue to bear the socio-economic brunt of the disease. They often face multiple and overlapping forms of stigma and discrimination, gender-based violence and other human rights violations that compound their experience of ill-health, injustice, social marginalization and inequality. The high levels of stigma and discrimination they face, including at institutional settings, directly impact fulfillment of their sexual and reproductive health and rights and their access to HIV and sexual and reproductive health services. Unequal power relations and gender inequality also contribute to HIV transmission. The overwhelming majority of women in the region get infected with the disease from their long term intimate partners.