Twelve Statements to Improve the Situation of Women Living With HIV and AIDS Throughout the World
We need the following:
- Encouragement and support for the development of self-help groups and networks.
- The media to realistically portray us, not to stigmatise us.
- Accessible and affordable health care (conventional and complementary) and research into how the virus affects women.
- Funding for services to lessen our isolation and meet our basic needs. All funds directed to us need to be supervised to make sure we receive them.
- The right to be respected and supported in our choices about reproduction, including the right to have, or not to have, children.
- Recognition of the right of our children and orphans to be cared for and of the importance of our role as parents.
- Education and training of health care providers and the community about women's risk and our needs. Up-to-date and accurate information about all the issues for women living with HIV/AIDS should be easily and freely available.
- Recognition of the fundamental human rights of all women living with HIV/AIDS, particularly women in prison, drug users and sex workers. These fundamental rights should include employment, travel without restriction and housing.
- Research into female infectivity, including woman-to-woman transmission,and recognition of and support for lesbians living with HIV/AIDS.
- Decision making power and consultation at all levels of policy and programmes affecting us.
- Economic support for women living with HIV/AIDS in developing countries to help them to be self-sufficient and independent.
- Any definition of AIDS to include symptoms and clinical manifestations specific to women.
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