What We’re Reading: Celebrating Women around the World

By Ryan Henson | March 14, 2014

Women wait to receive treatment at a health clinic in Tanzania. To date, EGPAF has provided more than 2.9 million women with services to prevent the transmission of HIV to their babies in Tanzania.

James Pursey/Tanzania

This week we are diving into the important issues surrounding International Women’s Day, including how HIV uniquely impacts women and learning about UN Women’s new HeForShe campaign, which urges men to raise their voices against gender inequality worldwide.

Forbes“10 Things We Should Be Talking About on this International Women’s Day” – This articles explains that while we  have made great progress in equality and women’s rights, we still  have a long way to go.  The article details 10 specific disadvantages and discriminations that affect women, including wage disparities and  lack of? women in combat roles.

Think Progress“3 Facts Illustrating The Toll That HIV Takes on Women and Girls” – In honor of National Women and Girl’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, this article breaks down three of the most crucial facts about the burden HIV places on women, particularly women of color, in the United States.

EGPAF“HeForShe Campaign: Men Speaking Up for Women’s Rights” – UN Women recently launched the HeForShe campaign, urging men to speak out against gender inequality.  We discuss the importance of male involvement in efforts to end pediatric HIV as well as highlight EGPAF-supported programs that seek to increase male involvement in unique ways.

The Huffington Post “America Without HIV/AIDS in Women: A wish for this National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day” – Susan Blumenthal, former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, discusses the need to refocus attention on HIV and women in the United States. Blumenthal articulates a vision of a future where no woman, in the United States or the world, has to live with HIV.

EGPAF“Courage and Commitment: Women Must Unite to Eliminate Pediatric AIDS” – Foundation Ambassador Florence Ngobeni-Allen recounts her experience attending a UNAIDS and Born Free Africa event in Cape Town, South Africa with fashion designer Victoria Beckham.  She also discusses the importance of strong female voices in the effort to end HIV. 

Womenshealth.gov “Infographic: How do you improve the lives of women and teenage girls who are HIV-positive?” – Womenshealth.gov released this wonderful infographic detailing the five steps  to reach viral suppression for National Women and Girl’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.