Health and Safety the challenges for women of HIV and Gender Violence

This event was hosted jointly by the APPG on AIDS and the APPG on Population, Development and Reproductive Health. Christine McCafferty MP, Chair of the latter APPG, gave a warm opening speech. Christine’s opening speech can be downloaded.

Each speaker brought a different perspective to women, HIV and Gender violence.

Professor Charlotte Watts,
Sigrid Rausing Professor of Gender Violence at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, gave empirically backed insight into the links between violence against women and HIV, highlighting that these links require greater attention and more action.

Belinda Tima,
HIV/TB Coordinator, Reach and former Co-Chair of the UK Board of the International Community of Women living with HIV and AIDS addressed the need to tackle gender based violence in Uganda. She spoke of the experience of some of her peers growing up in the conflict zones in northern Uganda, and highlighted the ongoing challenges.
Rahila Gupta,
Freelance Writer and Activist and management committee member of Southall Black Sisters, focussed on the situations facing women in the UK. She spoke of the need to address harmful gender norms and welcomed the government’s announcement of its intention to introduce domestic violence education into schools.  
For more information about the event go to Sophia's website.