April 8, 2008
About 175 members of Parliament in the United Kingdom have signed a motion that calls on the Department for International Development to place women at the center of its HIV/AIDS strategies worldwide, the Herald Express reports. The motion, part of the "Women Matter" campaign run by the group VSO, also calls on DFID to influence other international agencies to focus on the impact of HIV/AIDS on women. In addition, the motion aims to ensure that men are involved with HIV/AIDS prevention efforts.
The "Women Matter" campaign aims to highlight how violence, discrimination and inequality place women in sub-Saharan Africa at an increased risk of HIV. "The world must sit up and listen to what's happening, and I shall be pressing the government to ensure that this issue is given the attention it deserves," MP Richard Younger-Ross, who has signed the motion, said (Herald Express, 4/7).
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