Groups Mark World Human Rights Day With HIV/AIDS Awareness Activities
December 10, 2004
UNAIDS and the Global Coalition for Women and AIDS to mark world Human Rights Day on Friday concluded their gender violence activism campaign, which aimed to raise awareness of the "links between gender-based violence and the spread of HIV infection," according to a UNAIDS release. Violence puts women at an increased risk of contracting HIV, especially during rape, when women and girls may suffer vaginal or anal tearing and bleeding that make them more susceptible to the virus. "Not only does forced sex make women more liable to infection but the fear of violent male reactions -- physical and psychological -- prevents many women from going to find out more about HIV," UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said, adding, "It discourages them from getting tested and stops them [from] seeking treatment." The campaign, titled "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence," urged countries and nongovernmental organizations to take responsibility for ending violence against women. The campaign featured marches, seminars, training programs and theatrical productions in countries worldwide, all with the theme "For the Health of Women, For the Health of the World: No More Violence," according to UNAIDS (UNAIDS release, 12/10).
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