Join us in advocating for intersectional and transformative gender equality solutions
The fight against HIV is systemic, cutting across social, political, legal, and economic barriers that worsen the marginalisation of our communities. Gender inequality and traditional gender norms play a significant role in driving the epidemic. It is important to recognise that the impact of these factors can differ across cultures and religious beliefs.
Despite HIV medical advancements and global efforts spanning four decades, AIDS remains the leading cause of death among women and girls aged 15 to 49. Shockingly, even now, 4,000 girls are estimated to be newly infected every week. Women in all their diversity, including adolescent girls, young women, female sex workers, lesbians, and trans and queer women, bear the brunt of these new infections.
Adolescent girls and women living with HIV, despite often being excluded from feminist spaces, have valuable contributions to make in feminist discussions. Gender and sexuality have always been central to the experiences of women activists in the HIV movement. The diverse experiences of women living with HIV have fostered solidarity among marginalised groups, putting the HIV movement at the forefront of challenging the patriarchy, generating innovative solutions to shift power, and engaging men and boys through dialogue.
As the world progresses and new technologies are created every day, girls and women, in all their diversity, also face specific challenges when it comes to digital health and their rights. Human rights violations in the digital realm and limited access to digital tools exacerbate their vulnerable position and must be addressed from a rights perspective.
GNP+ celebrates the leadership and long-standing partnership of adolescent girls and women living with and affected by HIV in all their diversity. We invite feminists to join us at Women Deliver 2023 in advocating for truly intersectional and transformative gender equality solutions, drawing on the expertise of adolescent girls, young women, female sex workers, lesbians, and trans and queer women.
Learn more about our engagement at Women Deliver here.
Events at Women Deliver 2023:
Achieving gender equality – What does it mean for women living with HIV (Closed Event)
A reflection session with women living with HIV. How can we amplify and build upon existing movements of Women Living with HIV working towards reproductive justice, gender equality, and improved SRHR outcomes.
18 July 2023 at 2-4pm
Lemigo Hotel, KG 624 St, Kigali, Rwanda
The 7th Replenishment’s outcomes and the need for effective advocacy for gender equality: Engaging young women to action
A panel discussion what are the key actions to ensure that funding – and quality interventions – are effectively directed to gender transformative actions and how women, especially young women, can be meaningfully involved in Global Fund processes.
19 July at 7am
Four Points by Sheraton, Kigali, Rwanda
Ctrl+Alt+Advocate: Youth-Led Online Activism for Digital Rights
A collaborative effort between Amnesty International, GNP+, Restless Development, and Fondation Botnar. In this session, we will delve into the world of youth-led online activism, exploring the crucial role that young people can and should play, and how organisations can effectively encourage their involvement.
19 July at 11:30am
Kigali Convention Centre, Room AD11
Countering the anti-gender movement with #LoveAlliance
The side event will draw on the theme of the conference in creating a space to educate movements on the anti-gender movement, be in solidarity with movements that are currently facing challenges due to the anti-gender movement and offer solutions on countering the anti-gender movement.
19 July at 5pm
Kigali Conference Centre Room MH 2.1