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AIDS in AfricaThe New York Times, January 5, 2003
Letter to the Editor
To the Editor:
Meeting the United Nations secretary general's compelling call for action to save Africa's women ("In Africa, AIDS Has a Woman's Face," by Kofi A. Annan, Op-Ed, Dec. 29) requires a sea change in men's behavior. Policy makers, who are mostly men, must pass and put into effect laws, as well as allocate resources, to end discrimination and violence against girls and women.
Simultaneously, governments, communities and families must educate boys to respect the human rights of girls and women, at home and in the public arena.
We must remember that most women living with H.I.V. or AIDS were infected by men.
President, International Women's Health Coalition
Originally published in the New York Times, January 5, 2003. Reprinted with permission.