|Will the U.S. Global AIDS Response Finally Work for Women?|
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Will the U.S. Global AIDS Response Finally Work for Women?
Washington – Today, Congressional leaders will take a bold step toward making the global HIV/AIDS response work for women and girls.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) and more than 50 other bipartisan Members of Congress will introduce the Protection Against Transmission of HIV for Women and Youth (PATHWAY) Act. The PATHWAY Act will ensure that U.S. development assistance addresses the circumstances that make women and girls vulnerable to HIV infection.
"Girls and women are not only at the heart of the HIV/AIDS challenge-they are also where the solution lies," said Beth Fredrick, Executive Vice President of the International Women's Health Coalition. "We are encouraged by this move to attend to the shortcomings of the current U.S. government approach. This bill reflects the kinds of investments our global colleagues tell us they need to make meaningful progress in preventing new HIV infections."
The PATHWAY Act would require that the Bush administration's HIV/AIDS prevention strategy include concrete steps to reduce women's and girls' disproportionate vulnerability, such as:
Fast facts on women and HIV/AIDS:
To arrange an interview with Beth Fredrick, contact Whitney Welshimer at 212-979-8500.
IWHC works to promote and protect the health and rights of women and girls worldwide