Harare Call to Action drafted as UNAIDS Director attends global HIV, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Summit

Harare Call to Action drafted as UNAIDS Director attends global HIV, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Summit


Date: June 4, 2012
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Delegates from 45 African countries met from 24 – May 25 May in Harare for a high level HIV and AIDS, gender and women empowerment conference. The high level delegates that attended the meeting included the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michelle Sidibe based in Geneva and Nigeria’s Finance Minister Mdozi OkonjoIweala, who delivered the keynote address and was the guest of honour.

A Washington based organisation for women – Global Power Women Network Africa, set up in 2010 organised the Summit under the theme “Accelerated Action for Women Empowerment and Gender Equality in the Area of HIV and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights”. The organisation was set up by female leaders from Africa who attended a meeting in Washington. Zimbabwe’s Deputy Prime Minister Thokozane Khupe was elected president of the organisation for Africa at the occasion.

The meeting deliberated on issues affecting women and in the end came up with a resolution called “Harare Call to Action” that is similar to the Abuja or Maputo Declarations that will later be tabled at the African Union.

The campaign is aimed at making heads of governments understand better the issues affecting women as well as a push for zero tolerance to new HIV infections, zero mother-to-child transmission, zero gender violence and zero poverty for women.

 


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