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White House Announces Working Group On Women, HIV and Violence Issues

Posted by kristin , April 03, 2012

White House Announces Working Group On Women, HIV and Violence Issues

Athena Moore from the 30 for 30 Campaign

One month after the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) featured women activists calling for more focus on women and girls in the National AIDS Strategy, the Obama Administration has announced working group to begin exploring ways to better respond to the needs of women in the HIV epidemic.

“The Working Group shall coordinate agency efforts to address issues involving the intersection of HIV/AIDS, violence against women and girls, and gender related health disparities,” said President Obama, in a memo posted on the White House website.

Whether this “coordination” will lead to increased funding for HIV treatment, services and care delivery for women remains to be seen. But something has to shift. Last month, a study released showed that the HIV rates among Black women in serveral major US cities is five times higher than the CDC estimates.

It’s about time they’re paying attention. Let’s hope something gets done.

Kudos to the 30 for 30 Campaign for advocating for women and girls.

This is a great video from RH Reality Check interviewing two women about their experiences having HIV.

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