South African activists are thrilled by the appointment of African feminist Winnie Byanyima to UNAIDS top spot, who is the first woman to hold the position in the history of the organisation.
The criminalisation of sex workers, injecting drug users and gay men in many countries battling to overcome HIV are key focuses of the International AIDS conference, which opens in Amsterdam tonight (23 July).
The international AIDS conference opens in Amsterdam tonight (23 July) amid a funding crisis for the epidemic, and a rumour that the Joint United Nations Agency on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) is on the brink of being closed.
The editor-in-chief of the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has joined calls for UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé to be suspended after his controversial handling of sexual assault accusations.
Following a sexual harassment investigation at UNAIDS gone wrong, 23 leading African women activists believe executive director cannot be trusted to lead the world’s foremost agency fighting AIDS
Sex workers are more likely to be victimised, raped and killed than other women at the hands of both police and clients. As long as sex work remains illegal individuals are left at the mercy of a dehumanising system. Any conversation on rape needs the input of sex workers: one of the most vulnerable communities.