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Women's Organizations Release National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation Recommendations

September 13, 2010

This article was provided by the Positive Women's Network of the United States of America.

Positive Women's NetworkThirteen organizations are excited to release the first gender analysis, recommendations and monitoring report of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Monitoring the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy from a Gender Perspective: Analysis and Recommendations for Implementation.

The report card and analysis will be released at Tuesday's U.S. Conference on AIDS session entitled Monitoring the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy: A Human Rights Approach (see session details below). Read the complete report card and analysis at: www.womenhiv.org/gender-audit.

Inspired by community-generated policy recommendations developed by the same groups in 2009, this gender monitoring report card analyzes the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and recommends specific action steps for the Strategy's implementation to secure the needs of women and families affected by HIV. Read the entire Gender Audit Analysis and Recommendations for NHAS Implementation here.

The Strategy makes incredible strides in identifying the multiple structural and social factors that lead to communities' disparate vulnerabilities to HIV. Yet, the Strategy does not identify women as a priority population or recommend women-specific campaigns and programs despite the disparate impact of the epidemic on women of color and the many people who depend on them. Read the Executive Summary of our Gender Audit and recommendations for NHAS Implementation here.

Participating organizations look forward to working with the Office of National AIDS Policy, other federal partners, community-based organizations, and private partners to develop necessary women-centered reforms, programming and campaigns in line with the goals of the new U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

In other news, PWN is still rockin USCA! We facilitated a lively discussion today on Testing, Linkage and Care Plus: Implications and Considerations for Women and Families, attended yesterday's "The Other City" movie screening, and participated in several daylong Institutes on Sunday. PWNers are blogging (!!) -- read about our impressions of USCA here.

Here's our agenda for tomorrow (Tuesday Sept 14th):

9:30-11:30am Roundtable: A Human Rights Framework to Guide Women Focused HIV Policy and Programs
Discussion leaders:

Vanessa Johnson, NAPWA
Megan McLemore, Human Rights Watch
Catherine Hanssens, Center for HIV Law & Policy
Facilitator: Brook Kelly, WORLD/U.S. Positive Women's Network
Location: Lexington, Ground Level

4p-6p Workshop: Monitoring the first U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy: A Human Rights Approach
Panel:

Jacqueline Patterson, Women of Color United
Dazon Dixon Diallo, Sisterlove, Inc.
David Munar, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Brook Kelly, WORLD/U.S. Positive Women's Network
Moderator: Naina Khanna, WORLD/U.S. Positive Women's Network
Location: Jackson, Ground Level

Roundtable: 4p-6p HIV Criminalization, the Denver Principles and the PLWHA Community: What Lies Ahead
Discussion Leaders:

Vanessa Johnson, NAPWA
Catherine Hanssens, Center for HIV Law & Policy
Sean Strub, Center for HIV Law and Policy
Location: Jade, Ground Level

Meet-n-Greet with the U.S. Positive Women's Network: 6p-8p Tuesday evening
Open to all -- PWNers will be kicking it at Zeta Bar! Come join us to learn about who we are, what we're up to, and strategize for the revolution ... and pick up one of our cute new Tshirts too. Location: Zeta Bar at the Hilton Bonnet Creek.

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