Derechos de mujeres: cautivando a la otra mitad de la población

Women’s rights: Engaging the other half of the population

AL Jazeera

24/09/2014

Babatunde Osotimehin

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin is a UN Undersecretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Leaders at this year’s UN General Assembly will focus on challenges such as terrorism, climate change and the spread of Ebola. They will also reflect on progress made since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, a groundbreaking moment for women and their right to control their lives and fertility.

But the 20-year review takes place against a backdrop of ongoing violence against women, and attempts to take back control of their bodies. What we are seeing in the news every day is the very visible perpetration of that violence. And the ongoing moves to take away women’s choices and access to contraception and family planning are a grave threat to women’s rights, health and freedom, and the well-being of communities and nations around the world.

Certainly, a global review of the Cairo Programme of Action does show significant progress. More people have escaped poverty, more women are surviving childbirth, more girls are going to school, and more women have access to modern contraception.

But still, in every country, women and girls continue to face discrimination, violence and denial of their reproductive rights. And this is not only hurting them, it is blocking social and economic progress.

We have to ask ourselves how far we have come when one in three women worldwide will be subjected to physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. And we know that this violence only increases in times of conflict.

Who among us is not horrified by the stories of women in Iraq and Syria fleeing the brutality of ISIL insurgents, of displaced women in camps in South Sudan who are afraid to go to the toilet for fear of being raped, of the schoolgirls in Nigeria who remain missing after being abducted months ago by Boko Haram. I could go on. Violence against women occurs to varying degrees in all countries. The list of the crimes and violations committed against women and girls is endless and senseless, and so is the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators.

I was in Cairo 20 years ago and remember thinking that the agreement reached by 179 leaders was ahead of its time. That was before the internet age, and nearly 4,000 journalists were there to tell the story and cover the debate, which was often contentious. For the first time, the global spotlight was shone on issues that had previously been considered taboo and too private to be discussed in public.

Newspaper headlines and radio and TV reports focused on women’s role in society, relations between women and men, family planning, population growth, young people and sex education.

Women activists demanded that the focus of population and development must be on women and their rights – to live free of violence, coercion and discrimination, to control their own bodies and fertility, and to play their full and equal role in society.

I can tell you with certainty that the Cairo agenda remains relevant, constitutes unfinished business and demands stronger commitment.

Moving forward, we must build on the lessons learned from the 20-year-review. I believe that the most important finding is that we must tackle the rising inequality that is leaving millions of women and girls behind.

Today, one in three girls in developing countries will be married before the age of 18, victims of early, forced and child marriage. More than 220 million women, who want to use family planning, do not have access to modern contraception. And 800 women per day, many of them adolescent girls, will die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth even though most of these deaths could be prevented with quality healthcare.

I have spent decades fighting for women’s and girls’ rights to sexual and reproductive health, and I will continue to do so. I thank all people worldwide who champion this cause and I urge all leaders coming to the UN to recommit and take stronger action.

We know that reproductive rights are a prerequisite for women’s empowerment and gender equality. We also know that any challenge – whether terrorism, climate change or Ebola – cannot be solved by only half the population; it requires all of us.

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin is a UN Undersecretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

 The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.

ONU lanza Cero Muertes de Madres

UN launches Zero Mothers Die

International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

09/2014

The UN has launched a new international campaign to promote efforts to fight maternal and child mortality.

Unveiled at the fifth Women Leaders Forum during the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday (September 22nd), the Zero Mothers Die campaign plans to use IT, particularly mobile technology, to get healthcare information to women who need it.

It comes as part of the ongoing Every Woman Every Child initiative, which began during the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit four years ago.

Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, said at the event that the new campaign will leave no mother behind as it focuses on reducing the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children.

“We have to revolutionise the HIV response and ensure that all women have access to the HIV services they need,” he said.

Christine Kaseba, Zambia’s first lady, added that investment is needed in technology to help increase the impact of healthcare initiatives.

“No baby should die because the right information was not available,” she said.

Posted by David Smith

Declaración firmada por líderes religiosos, organizaciones basadas en la fe, y teólogos de los centros académicos, en la Asamblea General de la ONU

Un Llamado a la Acción: Fe para que la Salud Sexual y la Salud Reproductiva y Derechos estén en la Agenda de
Desarrollo post 2015
Nosotros las personas de fe, en alianza con las Naciones Unidas, como representantes de
diversas organizaciones basadas en la fe que trabajan para el desarrollo, centros de educación
teológica y otros y los organismos ecuménicos, reconocemos nuestro papel como agentes
culturales de cambio y de proveedores de servicios sociales a nivel comunitario, nacional,
regional y global; nosotros reconocemos nuestra responsabilidad de salvaguardar la dignidad y
los derechos humanos de todas las personas con nuestras acciones, nuestras palabras y de
nuestras respectivas plataformas.
Tomamos nota de – y estamos agradecidos por – los muchos logros alcanzados desde el
establecimiento de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio. Nos encontramos hoy, frente a
desafíos críticos. Demasiadas de nuestras comunidades siguen sufriendo las humillaciones del
estigma, la discriminación, la violencia y las múltiples formas de injusticia. Cuando tales
violaciones ocurren en nombre de la religión, la cultura o la tradición, somos agraviados y
heridos, y tenemos el reto de responder.
No en nuestro nombre debe una madre morir al dar a luz. No en nuestro nombre ninguna niña,
niño, mujer u hombre debe ser abusado, violado o asesinado. No en nuestro nombre debe una
niña ser privada de su educación, obligada a casarse, lastimada o dañada. No en nuestro
nombre debe negarse a nadie el acceso a la atención básica de la salud, ni tampoco a un niño o
niña o un adolescente se le debe negar el conocimiento del cuidado adecuado de su cuerpo. No
en nuestro nombre los derechos humanos de cualquier persona deben ser negados.
Nosotros afirmamos que la salud sexual y reproductiva son parte de los derechos humanos, y
como tal, debe ser garantizado por los gobiernos. Observamos, en particular, la importancia de
la prevención de la discriminación por motivos de género, violencia y prácticas nocivas; la
defensa de la justicia de género; asegurar que todo embarazo sea deseado y que cada parto sea
seguro; proporcionar una educación sexual adecuada a la edad; promoción de la salud, la
educación y la participación de los jóvenes y adolescentes; prevención, tratamiento y cuidado de
las personas con VIH / Sida; apoyar la planificación familiar; y respetar el cuerpo humano.
Nosotros sostenemos que estas cuestiones sean necesarias y relevantes para una verdadera
transformación de nuestras sociedades, y es fundamental para la sostenibilidad de cualquier
programa de desarrollo.

Nosotros subrayamos, y hacemos un llamado de atención sobre la importancia de las alianzas
estratégicas entre el sistema de las Naciones Unidas y las organizaciones basadas en la fe, en
colaboración con organizaciones de la sociedad civil para facilitar el diálogo y la puesta en
práctica en torno a los objetivos de desarrollo sostenible, y defender la dignidad humana en
todas las condiciones de la vida.
Por lo tanto, como las Naciones Unidas convoca a nuestros gobiernos a considerar cuales son
las próximas prioridades que desarrollo global debe ser, nosotros, las personas de fe, hacemos
un llamado al sistema de las Naciones Unidas y los Estados miembros, para garantizar que la
salud sexual y reproductiva y los derechos reproductivos sean parte central de la agenda de
desarrollo sostenible post 2015.

Secretaría de las Naciones Unidas
Nueva York
19 de septiembre 2014

Declaration signed by faith leaders, faith-based organizations, and theologians from academic centres, at the UN General Assembly

A Call to ActionFaith for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights Post 2015 Development
Agenda
As we stand together under the auspices of the United Nations, we, people of faith, representatives of
diverse faith-based development organizations, theological and other education centers and ecumenical
bodies, recognize our role as cultural agents of change and providers of social services at the community,
national, regional and global levels. We acknowledge our responsibility to safeguard the dignity and
human rights of all people with our actions, our words and through our respective platforms.
We note – and are grateful for – the many achievements since the establishment of the Millennium
Development Goals. We stand today, facing critical challenges. Too many of our communities still suffer
the indignities of stigma, discrimination, violence and multiple forms of injustice. When such violations
happen in the name of religion, culture, or tradition, we are aggrieved and hurt, as well as challenged to
respond.
Not in our name should any mother die while giving birth. Not in our name should any girl, boy, woman or
man be abused, violated, or killed. Not in our name should a girl child be deprived of her education, be
married, be harmed or abused. Not in our name should anyone be denied access to basic health care,
nor should a child or an adolescent be denied knowledge of and care for her/his body. Not in our name
should any person be denied their human rights.
We affirm that sexual and reproductive health are part of human rights, and as such, must be guaranteed
by governments. We note in particular the importance of preventing gender-based discrimination,
violence and harmful practices; upholding gender justice; ensuring that every pregnancy is wanted and
that every birth is safe; providing age-appropriate sexuality education; promoting the health, education
and participation of youth and adolescents; preventing, treating and caring for people with HIV/AIDS;
supporting family planning; and respecting the human body.
We hold these matters to be necessary and relevant for a true transformation of our societies, and central
to the sustainability of any development agenda.
We underline, and call for deliberate attention to the importance of strategic partnerships between the
United Nations system and faith-based organizations, in collaboration with civil society organizations, to
facilitate dialogue and implementation around the sustainable development goals, and uphold human
dignity in all conditions of life.
Therefore, as the United Nations convenes our governments to consider what the next global
development priorities should be, we, people of faith, call upon the United Nations system and Member
States, to ensure that sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights be made central to the Post
2015 sustainable development agenda.

United Nations Secretariat
New York
September 19, 2014

UNAIDS appoints Victoria Beckham as International Goodwill Ambassador

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 25 September 2014—The Joint United Nations Programme on
HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed leading fashion designer Victoria Beckham as UNAIDS
International Goodwill Ambassador. The announcement was made at a special event held
during the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“I dream of a generation free from HIV and I know that Victoria’s support will help us to
achieve this shared goal,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Her creativity,
innovation and outreach will amplify our efforts and bring us one important step closer
towards ending the AIDS epidemic.”
In her new role as an Ambassador for UNAIDS Mrs Beckham will work towards ensuring that
all children are born free from HIV and that children and women who are living with and
affected by HIV have access to medicines and care.
“This is the beginning of an important journey for me. As a woman and a mother I have a
responsibility to support other women,” said Mrs Beckham. “I am proud and honoured to be
working with UNAIDS in this new role to help to raise resources and awareness to support
and empower women and children affected by HIV.”
In February this year Ms Beckham visited HIV clinics in Cape Town, South Africa, where she
learned about the importance of antiretroviral therapy and about how children are being left
behind in accessing treatment.
Antiretroviral therapy can reduce the risk of a mother living with HIV passing the virus to her
child to below 5%. However, in 2013, one third of pregnant women living with HIV did not
have access to the life-saving medicines and 240 000 children became infected with HIV.
In 2013, less than half of all children who were exposed to HIV were tested for the virus
within the optimum three-month period and only 24% had access to life-saving treatment.
Without treatment, half of all children born with HIV will die by the age of two and the
majority will die by the age of five.
Over the past five years providing access to antiretroviral medicines for pregnant women
living with HIV has helped 900 000 children to be born free from HIV. UNAIDS and partners
are working to ensure that all children, everywhere are born free from HIV and have access
to the medicines, care and support they need.

ONUSIDA nombra a Victoria Beckham Embajadora de Buena Voluntad Internacional

GINEBRA/NUEVA YORK, 25 de septiembre de 2014—El Programa Conjunto de las
Naciones Unidas sobre el VIH/sida (ONUSIDA) ha nombrado a la prestigiosa diseñadora de
moda Victoria Beckham Embajadora de Buena Voluntad Internacional de ONUSIDA. El
comunicado tuvo lugar en un evento especial celebrado durante la 69.ª Asamblea General
de las Naciones Unidas en Nueva York.
«Mi sueño es ver una generación sin VIH y sé que el apoyo de Victoria nos ayudará a lograr
este objetivo compartido por todos», afirmó Michel Sidibé, Director Ejecutivo de ONUSIDA.
«Su creatividad, innovación y difusión amplificará nuestros esfuerzos y supondrá un paso
importante hacia el fin de la epidemia de sida».
En su nuevo papel como Embajadora de ONUSIDA, el trabajo de la Sra. Beckham se
centrará en asegurar que todos los niños nazcan sin VIH y que los niños y las mujeres que
viven con el VIH o se ven afectados por él tengan acceso a medicamentos y cuidados.
«Este es el principio de un importante viaje para mí. Como mujer y madre, es mi
responsabilidad apoyar a otras mujeres», afirmó la Sra. Beckham. «Es para mí un orgullo y
un honor trabajar junto con ONUSIDA en esta nueva función para contribuir a recabar
recursos y generar concienciación con el fin de ayudar y empoderar a las mujeres y los
niños afectados por el VIH».
En febrero de este año, la Sra. Beckham visitó clínicas de VIH en Ciudad del Cabo,
Sudáfrica, donde tuvo la oportunidad de conocer la importancia de la terapia antirretroviral y
cómo los niños quedan relegados a la hora de acceder al tratamiento.
La terapia antirretroviral puede reducir a menos del 5 % el riesgo de que una madre que
vive con el VIH transmita el virus a su hijo. Sin embargo, en 2013 una tercera parte de las
mujeres embarazadas que vivían con el VIH no tuvo acceso a medicamentos que pueden
salvar vidas y 240 000 niños contrajeron el VIH.
En 2013, menos de la mitad de todos los niños en contacto con el VIH se sometió a pruebas
para la detección del virus en el período óptimo de tres meses y únicamente el 24 % tuvo
acceso a tratamiento que puede salvar vidas. Sin tratamiento, la mitad de todos los niños
nacidos con el VIH morirá a la edad de dos años y la mayoría morirá a la edad de cinco
años.
Durante los últimos cinco años, facilitar el acceso a medicamentos antirretrovíricos a las
mujeres embarazadas que viven con el VIH ha contribuido a que 900 000 niños nazcan sin
VIH. ONUSIDA y sus socios trabajan para garantizar que todos los niños, en cualquier parte
del mundo, nazcan sin VIH y tengan acceso a los medicamentos, la atención y el apoyo que
necesitan.

Cero muertes de madres: nueva iniciativa audaz lanzada en evento de la Asamblea General de la ONU

Zero Mothers Die: bold new initiative launched at UN General Assembly event

UNAIDS

22/09/2014

Efforts to reduce high maternal and child mortality received a welcome boost with the launch of a new global campaign, Zero Mothers Die, at an official high-level side event held during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Unveiled at the 5th Women Leaders Forum on 22 September, the campaign seeks to ensure that all women and girls have universal access to information and services supporting maternal, newborn and child health. Zero Mothers Die intends to use information and communications technologies, including mobile technology, to deliver timely health-care information to women in need.

Participating in the launch of the campaign, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé maintained that the initiative will focus on all pregnant women and new mothers, and will have as an aim preventing mother-to-child-transmission of HIV. He stressed that no mother would be left behind.

Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, wife of the United Nations Secretary-General, gave the keynote address of the event, which brought together a range of global leaders, including a number of First Ladies. The new campaign contributes to the Every Women Every Child initiative launched by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010.

Although significant progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality, it remains a critical issue. According to World Health Organization statistics, every day around 800 women die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth and in 2013 289 000 women lost their lives.

The event was co-hosted by the Advanced Development for Africa Foundation and the Global Partnerships Forum, in collaboration with UNAIDS, the International Telecommunication Union, the Zero Mothers Die Consortium and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

Quotes

“We have to revolutionize the HIV response and ensure that all women have access to the HIV services they need. It is a critical measure of progress made towards the UNAIDS vision of zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination. With your support and commitment we can ensure that zero mothers die.”

Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director

“Every woman’s pregnancy must be considered special. We must invest in e-health and women for greater impact. No baby should die because the right information was not available.”

Christine Kaseba, First Lady of Zambia

DE LA DISTINCIÓN A LA PREVENCIÓN DEL VIH

DE LA DISTINCIÓN A LA PREVENCIÓN DEL VIH

La Prensa, Bolivia

22/09/2014

Por Édgar Valdez C.

Con mucho agrado el equipo del Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano – Bolivia (IDH) recibió la distinción “Manuela Gandarillas” por el Mérito Institucional a la Promoción del Desarrollo Humano y Social del Concejo Municipal de Cercado y el “Sol de Septiembre” de la Asamblea Departamental de Cochabamba.

Desde hace 17 años, el IDH – Bolivia organiza la ExpoSida/Vida que es el evento masivo más importante de prevención del VIH/sida de Bolivia y América Latina.

Presentamos nuestra postulación, porque deseamos que la ExpoSida/Vida sea sostenible y forme parte de la agenda cultural de Cochabamba para que adolescentes, jóvenes, padres de familia y profesores cuenten con un espacio recreativo de información que provoque la reflexión sobre temas de mucha importancia para estas poblaciones. La ExpoSida/Vida es presentada a través del arte (diseño gráfico, teatro, cine, música, danza, pintura, poesía y fotografía).

La ExpoSida/ExpoVida es innovadora en la información de temas sensibles como la sexualidad, la transmisión del VIH, los derechos humanos de las personas con VIH o sida, la violencia sexual, el consumo exagerado del alcohol, la relación de género, el machismo y las diversidades sexuales.

Llega a la población adolescente y joven con información de fácil comprensión y no se limita al aspecto biológico del tema. La ExpoSida/ExpoVida provoca reflexión sobre el poder de decisión que tiene cada uno para construir el proyecto de vida que desee. Nació la ExpoSida en Cochabamba y se difundió a las ciudades de Santa Cruz, La Paz, Oruro, Tarija, Tegucigalpa (Honduras) y el Salvador inspiradas en nuestro trabajo.

Hasta la XVII ExpoSida/ExpoVida, nos visitaron 289.859 personas, esencialmente estudiantes (adolescentes y jóvenes), profesores y padres de ambos sexos. Cada año se presenta un nuevo tema central con relación al VIH y la sexualidad, lo que expresa perseverancia, innovación y compromiso del IDH – Bolivia en sus acciones. Gracias a la información difundida, la población tiene más conocimientos sobre el VIH y la sexualidad. Hoy, se habla de sexualidad en muchas familias y Unidades Educativas. También se mejoró el respeto a los Derechos Humanos de las personas con VIH y de las diversidades sexuales.

El IDH – Bolivia valora el reconocimiento de nuestras autoridades por el trabajo realizado, pero la distinción recibida debe ser mucho más que una medalla, una resolución y un acto público.

Distinguir al IDH – Bolivia por la ExpoSida/ExpoVida como el evento de prevención que atrae a miles de adolescentes y jóvenes que reciben información sobre los temas mencionados, implica un llamado a nuestras autoridades para participar más en la organización y ejecución del evento y así asegurar su sostenibilidad.

Tengo la esperanza que con estos reconocimientos se determine que la ExpoSida/ExpoVida forme parte de la agenda cultural, y la distinción que nos otorgaron contribuya a juntar esfuerzos de manera concreta para el bien de la salud pública de nuestra población.

Emma Watson a los hombres: la igualdad de género también es problema de ustedes

Emma Watson to men: Gender equality is your issue, too

Rappler, Philippines

21/09/2014

Ayee Macaraig

UNITED NATIONS – “It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are.”

British actress Emma Watson made this call as she launched a United Nations campaign for men and boys worldwide to join the movement for gender equality. (WATCH the full video here.)

The UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador was at the UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday, September 20, to deliver a strong and personal message on equality, gender roles, and feminism.

“I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves,” Watson said.

The UN Women campaign called “HeForShe” aims to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates of change in ending inequalities that women and girls face globally.

In the speech that earned her a standing ovation, Watson stressed the importance of men’s involvement in promoting women’s rights.

How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited to participate in the conversation? Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too.”

“I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man …. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either. We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are.”

Watson said liberating men from stereotypes ultimately benefits women.

“When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t need to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong,” she said.

The actress famously known for her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter series poked fun at being in the UN but turned serious about her advocacy.

“You might think: who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the UN? I’ve been asking myself the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make this better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel it is my responsibility to say something.”

‘Feminism is not man-hating’

Watson spoke at length about her personal experience as a feminist, and how society views the concept. The 24-year-old actress took on her role as UN Women ambassador 6 months ago. Earlier this month, she visited Uruguay to learn about women’s political participation there.

“The more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain is that this has to stop.”

Watson said she decided to become a feminist after being called “bossy” for wanting to direct a play at 8, and grew up as a teenager being sexualized by the media and seeing how gender stereotypes stopped her girl friends from joining sports teams, and male friends from expressing their feelings.

She said deciding to become a feminist was “uncomplicated” but she found from personal experience and her own research that feminists were viewed as “too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive.”

“Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one? I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men,” she said.

Watson said that the notion of feminists should be expanded to include those who help girls and women achieve their full potential.

“My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day.These influences are the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today. They may not know it but they are the inadvertent feminists needed in the world today. We need more of those.”

She stressed that both men and women must work together for the girls and women who are less privileged than she. She cited women who earn less than men for doing the same work, child brides, and girls who are unable to finish their education.

‘Wave your magic wand’

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka commended Watson for her work with UN Women.

Ban said in jest, “She’s been waving a magic wand. I hope you use your magic wand to end violence against women!”

Turning serious, he said, “Men are responsible for most of the threats and violence against women. Often, these men are close to the victims – fathers, husbands, boyfriends or supervisors. We need to say to men and boys: Do not raise your hands in violence – raise your voices to stop it – and to support human rights for all.”

The UN chief was counted as the “number one man” to sign up on the HeForShe map in a 12-month campaign to tally the goal of getting a billion male advocates.

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer and 24 actor Kiefer Sutherland also attended the event along with top UN officials.

Watson gave them a parting message: “In my nervousness for this speech and my moment of doubt, I told myself firmly: if not me, who? If not now, when? …. I invite you to step forward, to be seen and ask yourself: if not me, who? If not now, when?”

Here is a transcript of Watson’s speech: http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/us-canada/69726-emma-watson-gender-equality

Caída en fondos para el VIH deja a 1.2 millones de personas vulnerables

Falling HIV Funds Leaves 1.2 Million Vulnerable

Daily Trust, Nigeria

22/09/2014

By Judd-Leonard Okafor

Continued shortfall in donor funding for HIV/AIDS programme could leave as many as 1.2 million people affected by HIV/AIDS vulnerable as domestic funding from the Nigerian government continues to dwindle.

The Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) complained on Monday at the 31st International Candlelight Memorial for HIV/AIDS: “Domestic funding is dwindling and donors that are supporting us are withdrawing.”

Experts estimate up to 80% of HIV/AIDS spending in Nigeria is paid for by donor funding.

“What that means is our government must wake up to their own responsibilities, to place people on treatment,” said Edward Ogenyi, national coordinator of the network.

The President Comprehensive Response Plan unveiled by the Jonathan administration last year sought to bridge gaps in access to HIV/AIDS, including ensuring up to 80 million people know their HIV status. PCRP also plans to enroll some 600,000 on anti-retroviral therapy, which would also be provided to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus in at least 244,000 pregnant women.

The plan proposed prevention services for 500,000 most-at-risk population and to activate 2000 new delivery points each for anti-retroviral therapy and prevention of mother-t0-child transmission of HIV.

NEPWHAN said none of the targets to the PCRP had been achieved nearly a year after the plan came into effect.

More than 3 million people living with the virus in Nigeria, and many don’t know their status, and 1.2 million others urgently need treatment, said the network.

The PCRP could bring in up to N262.7 billion in domestic contribution to the national response, but another N198.5 billion is expected in external donor finance to meet total N461.2 billion required for full coverage of anti-HIV programme in the country.

But advocates claim only N8b–a 5.7% shortfall–was appropriated in the first year of PCRP under the subsidy reinvestment programme (SURE-P).

NEPWHAN urged the presidency to “authorize complete release of N8b appropriated for HIV/AIDS under the SURE-P to reduce new AIDS-related deaths in the country” as well as sign the anti-discrimination bill to make “conducive environment for HIV/AIDS response in Nigeria.”

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