|Silenced Links: Violence and HIV in Women|
Gender inequality and hence the asymmetry of power in intimate, family and social relationships, place women in a context of greater social vulnerability to violence and HIV/ AIDS. The gender dimension interacts with variables that can also exacerbate social exclusion and discrimination against women, such as age, income, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, education, among others.
Violence against women and HIV / AIDS affect the health and exercise of the rights of women and girls worldwide. While the links between the two pandemics are undeniable, and the effects of their interrelation threaten the lives of millions of women and girls in the world, governments, United Nations agencies and major donors, yet still address both issues separately, resulting in inadequate and incomplete responses to HIV, perpetuating the feminization of the epidemic.
In this context the “Women Won’t Wait” Campaign – WWW- seeks to accelerate effective responses to the linkages of violence against all women and girls and HIV through changes in public policies; programs and funding streams of national governments and international agencies. WWW is an international coalition of organizations and networks committed since 2006 in promoting the health of women and human rights in the fight against HIV and AIDS and all forms of violence against women.
Members of the “Women Won’t Wait” campaign: Action Aid; African Women’s Development and Communications Network (FEMNET); Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID); Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL); Centre for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE); Foundation for the Study and Research on Women (FEIM); GESTOS -Seropositividade; Comunicação & Gênero; International Community of Women Living with HIV&AIDS Southern Africa (ICW-Southern Africa); International Women’s AIDS Caucus; International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC); Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network; Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA); Program on International Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; SANGRAM; United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM); VAMP; and Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA).