We acknowledge the effort by UNAIDS to work towards the advancement of the women, girls and women agenda.
In my work with the Young Women’s Leaderships Initiative and in our work with young women in Zimbabwe, we firmly believe that greater strides could be made if women’s groups were more engaged in the process. We strongly recommend that member states commit towards civil society engagement as part of the implementation of the Agenda. We further recommend that UNAIDS support this process.
We recommend that the next report, covers in depth the work undertaken at the country level, including the resources dedicated to implementation of specific actions for young women. The report should also be clear on the roles played by state and women’s groups and other stakeholders who support gender equality in the context of HIV.
Yesterday, Mr Sidibe spoke about value for money. If we really want to achieve value for money we need a clear process to track our progress. We must ensure that we stay on track and not loose sight of what we are trying to achieve with this Agenda on women, girls, gender equality and HIV. We want to have improved quality of life and access to services. We want control over our bodies and our sexuality. Only when we achieve this can we reduce vulnerability to HIV.
Read another civil society intervention on our blog here.