The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) joined stakeholders and community members to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November 2017.
This day also the start of the 16 days of activism to end gender based violence (25th November - 10th December).
Globally is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. These percentages are documented to be higher in some countries with Women who experience physically or sexual violence documented as more than twice as likely to have an abortion, almost twice as likely to experience depression, and in some regions, 1.5 times more likely to acquire HIV, as compared to women who have not experienced partner violence
The reality for many women and girls however is that this practice is so normalized that it is very hard for many of us to speak up and even take action against physical and sexual violence from partners. Further Women living with HIV continue to face the dual burden of experiencing violence because of their HIV status.
Violence is an unacceptable violation of basic human rights and continues to affect negatively the progress of uptake and retention to HIV prevention and treatment interventions by women and girls.
ICW is excited to share a blog post by Stop AIDS from one of our founding members Alice Welbourn of Salamander Trust wrote for this day. Please see the blog titled Sailing on the winds of Hope here.