Restrictions in movement, social isolation and increased socioeconomic pressures around the world have led to an increase in violence against women and girls since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to UNAIDS. In South Africa, Sonke Gender Justice highlighted that 2,230 gender-based violence cases were reported during the first week of the national lockdown (March 2020). The organization launched a #SPEAKOUT campaign to draw attention to this issue. Watch the video to find out how to help.
HIV, the Law and Human Rights in the African Human Rights System: Key Challenges and Opportunities for Rights-Based Responses — Report on the Study of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Despite many achievements, stigma, discrimination, gender inequality, violence and other human rights violations continue to make people vulnerable to the epidemic and hinder access to HIV services. AIDS activists and civil society organisations that were critical to successes to date are increasingly confronted by laws, policies and practices that create barriers to their registration, operations, activities and funding.
In this five-minute video, Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola – director at Stellenbosch University’s Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS, who is well recognized for her activism to ensure affordable access to health services for people living with HIV – gives her perspective on what it will take for Africa to put up a notable fight against what is being termed by experts as a looming resurgence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. On 10 December 2018, Ms.
Without addressing HIV-related stigma and discrimination, the world will not achieve the goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
An alliance of global key population-led networks, networks of people living with HIV, treatment activists, and our supporters, has formed to organize an alternative international community-led event.
Titled, HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response, the event is scheduled to take place in Mexico City, July 6-8, 2020, and will run concurrently with the first half of the international AIDS conference.
In 2012, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law called on countries to outlaw discrimination, repeal punitive laws and enact protective laws to promote public health and human rights for effective HIV responses. Today, more than 89 countries have taken action to repeal or reform laws.