By Bryan Teixeira – Europe NGO Delegate
The most recent face-to-face meeting on the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on addressing HIV in Humanitarian Emergencies began with the acknowledgement of a major challenge. Both the global development and HIV agendas are undergoing speedy changes at the very same time. As work progresses on defining a post-2015 agenda, the IATT faced its own challenge: how to effectively ensure that preparedness and skill relative to HIV in Humanitarian Emergencies are not overlooked.
Written by Mabel Bianco – Latin America and The Caribbean NGO Delegate
For the past few months, we have been collaborating with the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA) to promote the participation of women’s groups in the Post-2015 process. Out of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) established in 2000 to guide global development efforts, the fifth goal on improving maternal health by 2015 is the one in which the fewest countries have achieved success. When it comes to reproductive and sexual rights, HIV, and violence against women and girls, the majority of countries will not have fulfilled the goals set out for them by 2015. Despite disheartening trends like these, few countries have been vocal about the need to bolster gender equality and ensure the ample realization of women’s rights.
Windhoek, Namibia © The Advocacy Project
Namibia’s High Court has ruled that the country’s government sterilized without their informed consent three HIV positive women as they gave birth in public hospitals, although the judge rejected the link to their HIV status.
Calls upon States, in implementation of the 2011 Political Declaration and bearing in mind its paragraphs relevant to this decision, with the support of UNAIDS and civil society, to1 :
i. Work towards achieving an enabling legal environment supportive of effective national AIDS response by intensifying national efforts to create enabling legal frameworks through law, law enforcement, and access to justice;
Requests UNAIDS to strengthen, in close collaboration with existing mechanisms on nutrition, food security and HIV, the multisectoral programmatic linkages among food security, nutrition, human rights and HIV management through social protection approaches that focus on addressing the underlying causes of vulnerability
AIDSLEX (the AIDS and Law Exchange) gives concrete meaning to a “rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS”. This web portal is a tool for activists, community organizations, researchers, policy-makers, journalists, health workers and anyone who seeks quick and easy access to a wide range of resources about HIV, human rights and the law. It helps people around the world communicate and share information, materials and strategies, with the ultimate goal of contributing to a global effort to protect and promote the human rights of people living with or vulnerable to HIV and AIDS.
A post by NGO Delegate Rathi Ramanathan (Asia and the Pacific)
Advocacy for sex workers’ rights is a challenge: not only is constructive dialogue impeded because the language is contested, but since sex worker rights continue to be politicised, any positive changes to laws are difficult to achieve. Sex workers from the Global Sex Workers Project successfully lobbied for the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (the Palermo Protocol) to replace the term ‘prostitute’ with ’sex worker’. More than mere political correctness, this shift in language had the important effect of moving global understandings of sex worker rights towards a labour rights framework that could potentially resolve many of the problems faced by sex workers. This language also questions the stigma of sex work because it represents greater recognition of sex workers as rights bearers with the capacity to make their own choices.