Girls and the Fight to End AIDS

To end AIDS, we must challenge dangerous gender norms that encourage sexual violence, sexism, and homophobic hatred, and deepen our investment in comprehensive sexuality education.

Practical and Ethical Dilemmas in the Clinical Testing of Microbicides: A Report on a Symposium

  • October 6, 2016

By Lori L. Heise, C. Elizabeth McGrory, and Susan Y. Wood In 1997, the Population Council and Women’s Health Advocates on Microbicides (WHAM) convened an international symposium to examine practical and ethical dilemmas in the clinical testing of topical microbicides. The symposium occurred as three significant trends in the history of women’s sexual health and rights converged: donors’ and programs’…

Women and Risk of HIV/AIDS Infection

  • October 6, 2016

This 2008 brief outlines the who, where, and why behind the high risk of HIV/AIDS to women.

A Joint Civil Society Analysis of the 2016 Political Declaration: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030

  • September 1, 2016

The 2016 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS should have been a critical milestone.  It was the opportunity for governments to elaborate how they intended to meet the ambitious target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 that they committed to as part of the Sustainable Development Goals just last year. In order…

Photos: 21st International AIDS Conference

  • August 8, 2016

Here are some snapshots from the week-long conference—some of the speakers and activists from inside the convention halls and the protests outside who helped ensure the world keeps its focus on ending AIDS. Read more about the 21st International AIDS Conference >> Meet four dynamic women activists who attended the conference >>…

Girls’ Rights Take Center Stage at the 21st International AIDS Conference

Leaders recognize that women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality are essential to ending HIV epidemic.

Reducing HIV among Girls and Young Women Critical to Ending Global Epidemic

  • July 12, 2016

IWHC will join with leaders of several major institutions engaged in responding to HIV and AIDS to put forth plans to curb the epidemic among girls and young women, who are disproportionately affected.

The Impact of HIV and AIDS on Girls and Young Women Globally

  • July 12, 2016

Despite the significant advances the world has made in reducing HIV, adolescent girls and young women, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, have been left behind. According to new data from UNAIDS, adolescent girls and young women account for one in five new infections globally. In some countries in southern and eastern Africa, HIV prevalence among girls…

Nothing About Us Without Us: Governments Must Engage Youth in HIV/AIDS Response

Governments must act immediately to halt the spread of HIV among its young populations, and young people themselves must be at the center of these efforts. But young people thus far have been noticeably absent from the decision-making process, and not for lack of trying.

Good Progress at the UN on Stopping AIDS, But Not Enough

The declaration makes bold new commitments to realize human rights, address the drivers of HIV among women and girls, and give young people the information and services they need to better protect themselves from HIV. But it fails to address discrimination against and criminalization of key populations affected by HIV.