An event held during the European Union Development Days (EDD) discussed the importance of young women's participation in decision-making processes, education and access to health care to prevent new infections.
In this feature, Sylvia, a community health educator in South Africa, discusses experiences women affected by HIV face including: lack of knowledge about the virus and their rights and gender-based violence.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation Nigeria emphasized the need to create safe spaces allowing young women to express psycho-social issues they face around HIV, such as low confidence and inability to negotiate safer sex.
A qualitative study among pregnant women in South Africa found many interviewees reported feeling they did not have a say in negotiating condom use and were unable to ask their partner of their HIV status.
Though HIV rates continue to decrease in Uganda, it is still significantly more prevalent among women than men. The reasons behind this disparity are complex, but largely boil down to different forms of gender inequality.
A forum in Rwanda focused on the importance of engaging youth to design new innovative solutions to tackle the HIV epidemic and provide access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.