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Programming Guide: Promoting Gender Equality in Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health

The guide serves as an important resource to complement and build on existing guidance and tools to strengthen gender equality efforts to improve health outcomes for women, children and adolescents.


Data Brief: HIV Prevention with Adolescent Girls and Young Women

In sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) account for 74% of new HIV infections among people aged 15-24. This is roughly 360,000 AGYW a year – about 1,000 AGYW per day. AGYW experience converging social, cultural, economic, and political factors that undermine their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), which makes...


Dreaming of an AIDS-Free Future

Despite substantial declines in the number of new HIV infections globally, the HIV/AIDS epidemic among females ages 15-24 in select countries remains uncontrolled, with 67 percent of new infections in young people in sub-Saharan Africa occurring in adolescent girls and young women, or an estimated 280,000 new infections annually. HIV prevalence...


Young Women Lead, Evidence, Advocate, Research, Network (LEARN): What Does PrEP Mean for Young Women?

Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) are disproportionately affected by HIV, and can face barriers to access, uptake and use of HIV prevention methods. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new, effective, individually-controlled HIV prevention tool that could benefit some AGYW. This study used qualitative, participatory, peer-led methods to...


Tackling HIV by Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women

Despite a recent fall in new infections, South Africa still has the largest HIV epidemic in the world and has not achieved the 50% reduction envisaged in its national strategic plan for 2012-16. Adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately affected by HIV, with prevalence among 20-24 year olds three times higher in women (16%) than in...


Stemming HIV in Adolescents Gender and Modes of Transmission

This Comment uses data provided by Avenir Health from country-produced Spectrum files to better understand the mode of transmission for older adolescents.


HIV and Cervical Cancer

Epidemics of HIV and HPV are inherently interconnected, and when they meet in the context of weak health systems, their effects serve to amplify each other. Gender inequality, intimate partner violence, inequitable laws and harmful traditional practices reinforce power dynamics between men and women and set up a challenging environment for...


What Women Want: Demands for Quality Healthcare for Women and Girls

The What Women Want campaign is reaching out to 1 million women and girls worldwide on their top priority for quality maternal, reproductive and sexual health care.


Advancing global health and strengthening the HIV response in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals

The Commission explores key domains in global health with relevance to HIV and proposes ways forward for invigorated and sustainable global health effort, including meeting the needs of women in the HIV response.


How empowered are girls/young women in their sexual relationships? Relationship power, HIV risk, and partner violence in Kenya

This analysis uses survey data from the DREAMS programme to understand the relationship power dynamics adolescent girls and young women face in relation to select health outcomes including HIV risk and exposure to intimate partner violence.


Time to realise our sexual and reproductive health and rights

This Comment was written by women living with HIV previously involved in a global values and preferences survey on the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) priorities of women living with HIV in response to the Lancet Global Health's article on "Investing in sexual and reproductive health and rights to reach HIV and universal health...


Investing in sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls to reach HIV and UHC goals

Huge gaps in access to basic sexual and reproductive health services, pose serious challenges to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. These gaps in access are heightened by reduced financing for international development and highlight the importance and urgency of strengthening linkages between HIV and sexual and reproductive health...


Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free

Ending the AIDS epidemic among children, adolescents and young women requires ambitious targets and a Super-Fast-Track approach. Building on the successes of the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive, UNAIDS, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief...


Walking in Our Shoes: Perspectives of Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women living with HIV

This community-led study in Malawi, Uganda and Zambia sought to understand the factors that facilitate women living with HIV to adhere to treatment and return to health facilities for routine care, from their own perspective.


International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: An Evidence-Informed Approach

This updated guidance promotes health and well-being, respect for human rights and gender equality and the empowerment of children and young people to lead healthy, safe and productive lives.


UN Women Policy Spotlight on HIV and AIDS

UN Women's Director of Policy, Purna Sen, speaks with UN Women Policy Specialist Elena Kudravtseva on women living with HIV and AIDS.


HER: HIV Epidemic Response for Women and Girls

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has launched the 'HER' Initiative, which aims to reduce new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women by 58 percent in 13 African countries, over the next 5 years.


#WhatWomenWant: A Toolkit for Putting Accountability into Action

This toolkit provides a framework to put women and girls at the center and bring a feminist, gender transformative lens across policy development, programme implementation, research, strategies and initiatives.


As the HIV Epidemic among Young Women Grows, Can We Look to the SDGs to Reverse the Trend?

To end the growing HIV epidemic among young women, human rights violations must be addressed. The Sustainable Development Goals have the potential to help, but only if political barriers are overcome and a rights-based approach is integrated.


Status of HIV Epidemic Control Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women Aged 15–24 Years — Seven African Countries, 2015–2017

In this report, analysis of data from seven countries in Eastern and Southern Africa found that only 46% of young women living with HIV were aware of their status and of those on anti-retroviral treatment, 45% had reached viral suppression.