This International Women’s Day, the world pledges to take bold action to accelerate gender parity. Globally, there are nearly 18 million women living with HIV, constituting 51 percent of all adults living with HIV. Far too often, women face disproportionate cultural, social, and economic barriers to accessing the HIV prevention, care, and treatment services they need.
ICAP’s work is focused on prioritizing the wellbeing of women and girls around the world and improving their access to comprehensive health services. There are many examples that demonstrate this commitment: from efforts to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of services for pregnant women in Cameroon to exploring the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis by partners of migrant miners in Mozambique, conducting research in Swaziland to understand how more women can be maintained in HIV care, and training young women living with HIV in Kenya to provide support to their peers
None of this work is achieved without the strong partnerships with diverse governmental and non-governmental organizations in the countries where we work and the support of dedicated health providers and peer educators at the many health facilities we support.
Getting to gender parity will require diligent work. It will require building new partnerships across diverse disciplines and organizations, and will necessitate the setting and achievement of specific goals. It will entail using evidence-informed science to address the needs of women and their families. Most importantly, it will require engaging with the women themselves and with the many civil society groups that reach women around the world.