Women and girls and HIV

UNAIDS IWD, 2018; Read the full report online

On International Women's Day 2018, UNAIDS published a report detailing data and analysis of the ways in which women continue to bear the brunt of the HIV epidemic.

The opening statement, written by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, recognises the contribution of activists and organizations working for gender equality and women's empowerment across the world and makes a call to action to work collectively:

"We cannot stand by and allow the quality of life of women and girls to be held back and their hopes and dreams for the future to slip away. We must work collectively to close the gaps that continue to leave women and girls behind. Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 depends on advancing a social justice agenda that demands access to education, employment, health services, justice and political representation, free from discrimination and violence. - Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS

The report contains:

  • At a glance infographics 
  • Challenges and opportunities for tackling HIV during a woman's life
  • Bubble charts displaying location of the 18.8 million girls and women living with HIV
  • Global commitments for girls' and women's health and development

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