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Mujeres Adelante: New Visions & Actions To Combat Gender-based Violence and HIV

Event Date: 
August 3, 2008 - 15:30 - 17:30

Official AIDS 2008 ICA-Athena Joint Satellite, SUNDAY, August 3

Target audience: Community women's leaders, organizations and civil society groups interested in GBV-HIV and gaining skills to implement best practice approaches to this.

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Satellite Session at AIDS2008
and related Call for Papers & Studies
XVII International AIDS Conference, Mexico City, August 2008

Sunday, 3 August 2008
1:30 to 3:30 pm
Satellite Session Room 6.

Co-Sponsors: International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) and Athena.
Co-chairs: Dorothy Onyango, ICW, Kenya, Patricia Perez, Nobel Nominee 2009- ICW Latina,
Co-facilitator: Anne-christine d'Adesky, Athena & WE-ACTx. Workshop training: Nada Ali, Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Session Overview:
The overlapping crises of HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence represent a growing dual threat that impacts women and, increasingly, children. In war zones such as Darfur, Sudan or the Democratic Republic of Congo, sexual violence and mass rape by armed groups are weapons of war that spread HIV -- an emerging pattern seen in the 1994 Rwandan genocide and elsewhere. Rape survivors need a range of services, from safe houses and protection, to rape and trauma counseling, to emergency medical services, including fistula surgery, HIV services, pregnancy kits, to legal and supportive services.

As positive women and the global HIV community mobilize to respond, what are examples of successful community models and approaches we can learn from? What are elements of ‘best practice’ that reflect a rights-based approach to monitoring GBV-HIV? What progress have existing campaigns made and how can we unify and strengthen exist advocacy efforts, particularly the role of HIV-positive women?

NOTE: This satellite session is in two parts. Spanish translation will be provided.

Presentations and discussants:
Part One:
Welcome – Dorothy Onyango, Patricia Perez, ICW
Patricia Perez
International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW)
ICW’s Peace as an Opportunity to End AIDS’ campaign, examining the links between
conflict, HIV and the abuse of HIV-positive women's rights.

Brief Updates
A. Nduku Kilonzo, Director, Liverpool VCT Care & Treatment, Kenya
(in collaboration with WHO Sexual Violence Research Initiative, and Gender Based Violence Prevention Network)
Findings of Kenya meeting on: ‘Strengthening Medico-Legal Responses to Sexual Violence’

B. Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Update: Global Model Legislation to Advance Women’s Rights

Lyn Lusi,
Heal Africa fistula clinic, Goma, DRC
Empowering Women Survivors of Rape: Congo Update

Part Two:

Nada Ali
Women’s Division, Human Rights Watch
Interactive ‘hands on’ training session: How to implement ‘best practice’
community monitoring and advocacy of GBV-HIV issues, using comparative case studies.

Anne-christine d’Adesky
Athena and WE-ACTx
Facilitated discussion of new visions and practical steps
for more unified action and leadership among community advocates

CALL for PAPERS: In a related Call for Papers on ‘New Visions & Actions to Combat Gender-Based Violence,’ session organizers are issuing an Open Public Invitation to Submit Papers that describe innovative community-based projects, approaches and studies that address the overlapping problems of HIV and gender-based violence. Collected papers will be posted online and linked to the satellite, and a reference document will be distributed at the Satellite session. Papers may be submitted by email in PDF or MS Word document format and sent to:

For more information:

NOTE: Session organizers are extending a special invitation to HIV-positive women and grassroots women organizers from the global South who are working on GBV issues or hope to implement these programs. Please forward this announcement to grassroots networks.

For more information about the confernence:

AIDS 2008 Interntional AIDS Conference in Mexico City - Session Room 6
Banamex Conference Center
Mexico City, Mexico

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