On International Women’s Day 2017, UNAIDS released a new report, When women lead, change happens, which shows the urgent need to scale up HIV prevention and treatment services for women and girls. To access the supporting materials, including the press release, social media pack and related videos, click here.
Data tell us that the lives of girls today are better in many respects than those of preceding generations. Girls are now more likely to survive childhood, more likely to attend school and complete their education, less likely to be undernourished and less likely to marry as children. Yet girls still suffer significant deprivations and inequalities, many of which result from the persistent gender discrimination faced by girls and women everywhere.
In this report, UNAIDS is announcing that 18.2 million people now have access to HIV treatment. The Fast-Track response is working. Increasing treatment coverage is reducing AIDS-related deaths among adults and children. But the life-cycle approach has to include more than just treatment. Tuberculosis (TB) remains among the commonest causes of illness and death among people living with HIV of all ages, causing about one third of AIDS-related deaths in 2015. These deaths could and should have been prevented.
UNAIDS announces 18.2 million people on antiretroviral therapy, but warns that 15–24 years of age is a highly dangerous time for young women
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for action against the disadvantage and discrimination borne by girls. As we work towards this goal, ensuring that quality gender data is collected, analyzed, and used for decision making continues to be a challenge. The theme for this year's International Day of the Girl (October 11) is Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: What Counts for Girls. We cannot continue to promise a better, healthier world for girls if we cannot distinguish them in the data that drives our decision making.
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Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), ages 15–24 years, account for 75 percent of young people in sub-Saharan Africa who are living with HIV. As many as 7,000 new infections a week are occurring among the most vulnerable AGYW in Eastern and Southern Africa; AIDS is the leading cause of death for adolescent girls ages 10–19 in Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, women acquire HIV five to seven years earlier than men, and young women are at an increased risk of HIV acquisition compared to young men.