Action Alert: Empowering Women & Girls Against HIV/AIDS

December 2, 2008

The International Women’s Health Coalition is encouraging health activists to tell Michel Sidibé, the soon-to-be executive director of United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), what needs to be done to empower women and girls against HIV/AIDS.

The IWHC action alert includes the sample letter below, or you can write your own letter. Send correspondence to

Dear Mr. Sidibé,

As HIV infection rates among young people and women rise, we look to UNAIDS leadership to recognize gender inequality as a driver of the epidemic. That means making sexual and reproductive rights and health central to a comprehensive response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

To be effective, you should prioritize: the hiring of staff, consultants and advisors with expertise in women’s and young people’s health and rights; clear objectives for achieving gender equality; open, transparent interactions with a broad range of civil society constituencies, including women living with HIV/AIDS and women’s organizations; and the implementation of a comprehensive approach to prevention, treatment, and care for women and girls.

I care about women and girls because _______________. With lives at risk throughout the world, I hope you will empower them in the face of the pandemic.


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