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Statement by UN Women Executive Director: Leaving no one out from health

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Every four minutes, three young women become infected with HIV (UNAIDS Right to Health report, 2017). They are clearly not enjoying their right to health, nor will they, until we are able to reverse the inequalities and discrimination that fuel HIV spread. Those whose health and future are currently least prioritized must become our focus, if we are to achieve the changes we seek. More

Living with HIV and violence: Women of Ukraine speak out and build solidarity

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

In Ukraine, 35 per cent of women living with HIV have experienced violence since the age of 15. Many women cannot definitively say that they have experienced violence, because they have suffered and witnessed gender-based violence through generations and it has been normalized. For women living with HIV, lack of awareness, shelters and support services pose additional challenges. Peer-support groups and the National Women’s Forum on HIV, supported by UN Women is bringing awareness, action and new beginnings for HIV positive women survivors of violence. More

Coordinated actions are needed to respond to HIV in Ukraine's crisis areas

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The on-going conflict in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine is not only destroying peace but is also tearing apart long-established links of specialised agencies, service providers, the civil society organizations working to support women living with HIV. More

In the words of Luiza Karimova: “We were sex slaves”

Monday, February 20, 2017

Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Luiza Karimova left her son with her family and travelled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan to find work. In Kyrgyzstan, she was sold into sex slavery and trafficked into Dubai. After 18 months, she was arrested and sent to jail. Today, Karimova works with Podruga, an organization based in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, which is supported by UN Women. Podruga works to end violence against women and assists women subjected to sex and drug trafficking. More

From where I stand: Natalia Minayeva

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

On World AIDS Day, we highlight the story of Natalia Minayeva from Kazakhstan, who was imprisoned in the so-called “AIDS barracks” and now works to protect the rights of HIV-positive women. More

A street lawyer with HIV finds meaning for herself helping others

Thursday, October 27, 2016

A former drug user once jailed for being HIV-positive, Natalia Minayeva now helps other women on behalf of the Eurasian Network of Women Living with HIV. More

Marking World AIDS Day in Georgia

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

On December 1, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Georgian Youth Development and Education Association (GYDEA), in partnership with the Georgian University (GU) marked World AIDS Day. More

Inspiring and advocating for women living with HIV in Kazakhstan

Friday, April 24, 2015

In the face of quickly rising rates of HIV infection in Central Asia, UN Women is supporting a network of women living with HIV in Kazakhstan and increasing their role in decision-making. More

UN Women reviles study result on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and HIV/AIDS in Georgia

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The findings of a study on “Gender Based Violence (GBV) and HIV/AIDS in Georgia: Links, Opportunities and Potential Responses” conducted by “ACT Research” were presented in Tbilisi. The study has been commissioned by UN Women and UNAIDS jointly. More

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