Gender and HIV in the Caribbean

Such an intersting and important topic. Interested to read more.

Repeating Islands

The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the gender dimension of the HIV pandemic in the Caribbean, took centre stage at a two-day workshop hosted by the Bureau of Women’s Affairs and UNDP at the Knutsford Court hotel last week.

The women and few men in the room all had one thing in common – they were actively involved in the fight against the disease, and women’s rights.

Programme director of the Caribbean office of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality, Roberta Clarke, noted that, “Gender equality is key in the HIV pandemic.”

She noted that 50 per cent of all persons globally who are infected with the disease are women, though the consequences are different for each gender. The disclosure was made at the start of the first panel discussion of the day, which focused on understanding the unequal relations as a driver of…

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