DURBAN, South Africa (March, 03) – International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global campaign to accelerate gender parity through action, advocacy and celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. IWD 2017 kicks off on March 8 and is challenging individuals and organizations to step up and take action.
According to a 2016 World Economic Forum report evaluating 144 countries, the global gender gap will not achieve complete parity for 170 years – or until the year 2186. This is unacceptable!
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, has joined the effort and is building on the “Keep the Promise” (KTP) campaign with its theme for IWD: “Keep the Promise to Women” – an empowering advocacy platform to accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The World Health Organization recently reported that 17.8 million women over the age of 15 make up 51% of all adults living with HIV, and women ages 15-24 account for 60% of those infected in that age group. Additionally, HIV positive women in many countries are simply not afforded equal access to treatment and are often victims of discrimination and increased violence – including infringement upon their sexual and reproductive rights.
With IWD just around the corner, AHF and its partners, in cooperation with local government agencies, are stepping up efforts to join in this vital international campaign to support and accelerate women’s equality.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will be hosting IWD events in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng on Wednesday, 08 March.
“International Women’s Day serves two purposes: it celebrates the achievements of women in business, politics, science, engineering etc. and it highlights the challenges women from all walks of life face still face to achieving full equality” says Larissa Klazinga, the Regional Policy & Advocacy Manager for AHF Southern Africa.
With IWD just around the corner, AHF and its partners, in co-operation with local government, are stepping up efforts to join in this vital international campaign to support and accelerate women’s equality.
AHF IWD actions will focus on students, hosting poetry and open mic sessions creating platforms for young people to express themselves on gender equality. AHF will also be offering HIV and TB testing and distributing LOVE and ICON condoms and lube at these events.
In Gauteng AHF will target the following areas:
- 06 – 08 March : AHF will be at Wits University from 10:00 AM to 15:00 PM
- 09 March: AHF will be at the Sedibeng College in Heidelberg from 10:00 AM to 15:00 PM
- 10 March: AHF will be at the Heidelberg Secondary School from 10:00 AM to 15:00 PM
On 09 March AHF will host the parallel events in the Eastern Cape at the following venues:
- Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha
- High schools in Middledrift
- High schools in Dutywa
In KwaZulu-Natal, AHF will be at the iThemba LaBantu Clinic in Umlazi W with representatives from Legal Aid, Family & Marriage Society of South Africa (FAMSA), Umlazi Child Welfare, Department of Social Development along with the Department of Health on Wednesday, 08 March from 09h00 to 11h00.
Individuals and organizations of the world must unite to reverse the marginalization of women. AHF is committed to narrowing, not only the women’s health gender gap, but also to addressing the educational, political and economic aspects of women’s inequality – all of which are paramount to achieving gender parity.
Please join us in celebrating women across the globe on IWD as we work to “Keep the Promise to Women!”
For more information on AHF, visit www.aidshealth.org
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AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the world. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 690 000 individuals in 38 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia.