CEOs Seek End to HIV Travel Bans Worldwide
More than 40 chief executive officers from major companies have signed a pledge urging 45 countries to lift their travel restrictions on people with HIV.
U.N. Women Join UNAIDS as a Cosponsoring Partner
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is the eleventh U.N. body to join the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) as a cosponsoring partner, according to an UNAIDS statement. The cosponsorship, which was recently approved at an UNAIDS board meeting, will further strengthen the UNAIDS work on gender equality and HIV and enhance collaboration with governments, international partners, women’s organizations and the women’s rights movement. Gender equality and respect for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially for women living with HIV, are essential to successfully combat HIV/AIDS. The virus continues to be the leading cause of death in women of reproductive age.
From Sean Strub’s POZ Blog: At a meeting in Oslo, Norway, this week, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé was characteristically frank in his comments prior to viewing my short film, HIV is Not a Crime, and hearing comments from Robert Suttle (who is featured in the film). Sidibé’s honesty is one reason why he is so widely respected.
“I was shocked, I am Executive Director (of UNAIDS), I am supposed to be very committed to all the human rights issue and trying to push this agenda… and I’m not even knowing a minimum of those unacceptable things that are happening around me. It was shocking for me and upsetting to hear the stories of Nick and Robert” said Mr. Sidibé.
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A World Free of HIV?
Michel Sidibé explains how UNAIDS’s new goal of zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related discrimination and zero deaths from AIDS are all within reach. Click here to read more.