Human Rights-Based Approaches to Systems Strengthening for HIV+ Women

 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)

Rural women and girls living with HIV often face stigma and discrimination. With limited access to healthcare, they are often left rendered unable to exercise their right to health. By integrating human rights based approaches into HIV programming, rural women and girls will be better able to claim their right to health. Increased knowledge of rights empowers women to advocate for better healthcare and gender equity.Globally, rural women and girls living with HIV are unable to consistently access quality healthcare. In particular, the availability of HIV prevention, treatment and care remains inconsistent with little resources and high staff attrition. States struggle with ensuring the right to health for rural communities, especially for HIV affected individuals.

This panel will explore various multi-sectoral strategies for rural systems strengthening, as pathway to reducing health and gender inequities among rural women. Each presenter will share case examples of how rights based approaches and the AAAQ model have been integrated into HIV programming. We will focus on case studies from Pamoja Tunaweza, Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health and Positive Women’s Network-USA.

Participants will have a better understanding of how to use the right to health framework as a tool for ensuring gender equity and health rights for rural women and girls. Emphasis will be given to multisectoral approaches in HIV care.

PLEASE NOTE: Currently, the event is still moving forward as planned on Thursday, March 22 at 2:30 pm. Please check back here for further notice of any changes due to the inclement weather. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday!


When & Where Speakers

Thursday, March 22, 2018
2:30 – 4:00 PM
The Church Center of the UN
777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor

Peter Navario, HealthRight International
Emily Filner-Wilson, UNFPA
Halyna Skipalska, Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health
Jennifer Carpenter, Pamoja Tunaweza
Shyronn Jones, Positive Women’s Network – USA


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