U.N. Official Calls for Strengthening Men's Roles in HIV/AIDS Caregiving
March 6, 2009
Men should be more active in caring for people living with HIV so women have a chance to participate in public life, Asha-Rose Migiro, United Nations deputy secretary-general, said earlier this week at the 53rd session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, IRIN/PlusNews reports. Migiro said, "We must address the significant responsibilities faced by women and girls during home-based care in the context of HIV and AIDS and find ways to strengthen the role of men" (IRIN/PlusNews, 3/4). She said that the inequality in HIV/AIDS caregiving "is unjust and a serious form of discrimination, even a form of violence" against women. Migiro said that women are restricted in public life, employment and education, while men are held back from being more active in their families' lives. "Families, communities and society as a whole suffer the consequences," she said (U.N. News Service, 3/2).
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