African Women Gather to Address HIV/AIDS-Related Abuse
February 6, 2008
Hundreds of African women on Monday gathered for a conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to discuss issues surrounding violence against women living with HIV/AIDS, their rights and access to antiretroviral treatment, AFP/Yahoo! News reports. "Women are the ones who most severely bear [the] brunt of human rights abuse," and they "have been prone to violences and other atrocities related to their gender" and HIV/AIDS status, Bernice Heloo, president of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa, told attendees of the four-day conference. About 500 women from 30 sub-Saharan African countries are attending the conference.
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