Message of Support from AWEPA to ICW

Article image AWEPA is an association of European Parliamentarians for Africa that works for democratisation and respect for human rights through supporting the functioning of African Parliaments.


MESSAGE OF SUPPORT
TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV AND AIDS

AWEPA is an association of European Parliamentarians for Africa that works for
democratisation and respect for human rights through supporting the functioning of African Parliaments.

As an organisation founded on the principle of solidarity with Africa, AWEPA has made the fight against HIV/AIDS a key focal area of its activities. It has done so because it believes parliamentarians have a key role to play in the battle against HIV/AIDS. In all programmes, AWEPA promotes the role of women in politics, and support national and international initiatives of women parliamentarians.

AWEPA is convinced that the International Community of Women living with HIV and
AIDS is a very powerful and very much needed organisation to give a voice to nearly 20 million women living with HIV and AIDS in our world. With the recent surpassing of the number of women over the number of men living with HIV and AIDS worldwide, it is now uncontested that women are more vulnerable than men to contract HIV. It is of crucial importance that leaders and policy makers are confronted with the need to deal with the social, economic and cultural position of women that makes them more vulnerable than men to contract HIV. This is why the work of ICW is so much valid.

The methods of ICW to encounter the global community and its leaders with the reality on women and HIV/AIDS is in our view a very effective. Public performances and speeches during international conferences by HIV positive women give a human face to a problem that leaders and policy makers too many times only knew by statistics. The confrontation with the facts about women's vulnerability, presented in a personal way, will increase awareness among leaders and policy makers that they can make a difference in saving women and girls from getting infected with HIV and from dying of AIDS.

As an organisation that has as its core business to promote respect of human rights, we encourage ICW to carry on the excellent work it has done, and to make the entire global community embark on the struggle against HIV/AIDS.

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