Daily Download from AIDS2016: Tuesday 19 July
Dear friends, we are excited to bring you this daily download from the International AIDS Conference in Durban. Each day we'll share our analysis of the sessions and panels that address women and girls' health and rights throughout the conference, photos and ongoing conversations, and updates from the #WhatWomenWant campaign.
Women's experience, expertise and agency: Addressing gender-related and structural barriers to human rights of women living with HIV with regard to care, treatment and support
In collaboration with UN Women, ATHENA Network, AVAC and Salamander Trust released updated findings from the largest and first global peer-led, multi-stage review of access to care and antiretroviral treatment (ART) for women living with HIV. The review presents multiple barriers to treatment adherence and challenges in accurate data collection due to a lack of disaggregated data, and presents a 6-point action plan spanning macro-and meso-level interventions which will significantly improve access to treatment, care and support for women.
Prevention Now for Women & Girls: A Rights-Based Integration Advocacy Training
ATHENA was a partner with CHANGE, AVAC, RNJ+, GYCA, UNYPA, and the AIDS Alliance to lead this workshop in the youth pavilion. A panel of advocates opened by sharing their advocacy priorities and strategies to promote integrated prevention for women and girls. Almost 60 participants then joined a #WhatWomenWant activity by identifying their prevention priorities, refining key messages and sharing them on Twitter. Watch clips of young women saying what they need to prevent HIV here, here, here, and here, and see a snapshot of #WhatWomenWant below:
#WhatWomenWant: Young Women's Advocacy in Action at the DREAMS Networking Zone
The #WhatWomenWant campaign has worked with over 25 partners, reached over 13 million people, generated 15,000 tweets, produced a video, and collected over 120 photos from women and young women around the world stating their priorities for progress. Young women gathered in the DREAMS networking zone to discuss and shape their own key advocacy priorities through the #WhatWomenWant campaign, which include being able to have safe sex by choice; young women being able to speak for themselves; protecting and promoting SRHR for all women and girls; supporting women's advocacy; and sisterhood and unity throughout the women's movement.
Respect! Choice! Diversity! Creative and Inspiring Young People from the Link Up Project Share Practical Innovative Tools They Have Developed
ATHENA took part in this session led by youth advocates from Uganda, Myanmar, Burundi, Bangladesh and Ethiopia to share practical innovative tools they have developed through the Link Up project, to help them in their peer education, provision of integrated SRHR and HIV services, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation and research activities. Read the Storify twitter feed of the event here. We also launched three new issue briefs, done in collaboration with the Global Youth Coalition on HIV and AIDS (GYCA). These briefs were developed by adolescents and young people for adolescents and young people, in the Link Up Visions, Voices and Priorities series, to update the original consultation done in 2013 by including young people’s views and experiences regarding some of the new technologies, modalities or priority issues emerging in the HIV response, that were not explicitly included in the original consultation. Read more about the process and participation in the dialogues here, and each brief below:
· Young people talk about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
· Young people talk about self testing
· Adolescents talk about access to HIV treatment and care
Congratulations to Martha Tholanah for receiving the Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award!
We'd like to send a huge congratulations to our friend and fellow advocate, Martha Tholanah from Zimbabwe, for receiving the Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award for her work on behalf of women, people living with HIV, and LGBTQI people. Martha has faced sanctions and incarceration as a result of her efforts to expand legal services and protections, especially for women, but continues to boldly stand up so that all people can enjoy and exercise their fundamental human rights. Read more about Martha's work and award here.
*Please note that in Monday's Daily Download for IAC, the South African Minister of Health, Mr. Aaron Motsoaledi, was incorrectly referenced as Aras Motsheed. The error appeared in a section on the March for Quality Treatment for All.