ICW and Access to Treatment: Summary of Recent Activities.
Access to treatment issues for women and girls is one corner stone of ICW’s rights-based international strategic plan for 2004-7.
A complete Leadership Program will for the first time complement the Scientific and Community Programs in the upcoming XV International AIDS Conference, to be held in Bangkok 11-16 July 2004. The Program will bring together leaders from all over the world to recognize the importance of leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS and to generate concrete commitments to mobilize resources for HIV/AIDS.
Read more for an online petition calling for the British government to do more to help women survivors of the Rwandan genocide who have contracted HIV/AIDS as a result of the concerted campaign of rape and sexual violence in 1994. The petition calls for the British government to pressure international pharmaceutical companies to make antiretroviral treatment more affordable, or better free, for the 16,000 women survivors of the genocide living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda today. The petition organisers are hoping to secure enough signatories to be able to submit the petition to Downing Street on the eve of the 100th day of the commemoration on Friday 16th July.
Please read the article below for initial comments made by ICW East Africa trustee, Dorothy Onyango and ICW chair Alice Welbourn to WHO at a meeting in Geneva, where WHO launched its draft business plan. We welcome all ICW members' additional comments on this WHO business plan, so that we can forward them to WHO HQ.
'Oh, this one is infected'. This paper, commissioned by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, sets out to explain the varied reasons why a significant majority of women in the Asia Pacific region are disproportionately at risk of infection, documents specific examples of discriminatory attitudes and actions against HIV-positive women in the region as a result of their HIV status; and concludes with recommendations of action by and for all levels of society to counteract these human rights violations.