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This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada .  Co-authored by members of Plan International Canada’s Global Fund team: Magalie Nelson, Health Advisor and Kate Waller, Gender Advisor under the leadership of  Bernabe Yameogo, Director of the Unit. The Global Fund Team at Plan International Canada works to accelerate the end of the malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics A 25-year old Beninese woman confides: ” They (men) do not know what they make us live. Some of us here have become HIV-infected women because of the weight of society, we cannot tell our husbands: condoms or nothing. They allow themselves to go to town to do what they want … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post Canada .  By Clara Banya In my work, I meet many women who have had difficult times in their lives. As the National Coordinator for the   International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW)   Malawi Chapter, I organize awareness campaigns, support organizations’ HIV work and provide a space for women to talk about their HIV status and reproductive health. I myself was diagnosed with HIV in 2004; but, 13 years later, I find the social stigma I felt then still affects many women in Malawi today. ©GLOBAL FUND ADVOCATES NETWORK Chimwemwe, a 31-year-old woman living in Kaliyeka, one of the poorest neighborhoods … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Dr. Zeda F. Rosenberg

As we consider how to reach the end of HIV/AIDS, we must recognize that doing so will require giving women new ways to protect themselves against the virus.

Women are especially vulnerable to HIV because a combination of biology and gender inequities renders them more susceptible to infection than men. In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV is as at least two times more prevalent in young women ages 15 to 24 than in young men, partly because women lack effective and discreet tools they can use on their own to protect themselves. … Read more