Girls, Too

10 August 2006, Issue No. 3 - HIV/AIDS

"...getting and keeping young people, especially girls in school dramatically lowers their vulnerability to HIV. With each additional year of education, girls and young women gain greater independence, including economic independence, and are better equipped to make decisions affecting their sexual lives."
- Dr. Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director

AIDS Conference reviews evidence linking girls’ education and HIV prevention

The UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education recognizes the crucial link between girls’ education and HIV prevention. It is organizing a session on ‘Leadership in Girls’ Education: An Essential Component in HIV Prevention’ at the International AIDS Conference, to be held 13–18 August 2006 in Toronto, Canada.

This provocative session will present compelling new evidence aimed at mobilizing leadership on girls’ education and bridging the efforts of leaders in the education, gender, and HIV and AIDS communities. A panel featuring Geeta Rao Gupta, from the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Charles Abani, from the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), Rima Salah, from UNICEF, and Amete Ruf Hussen, from the Ethiopia AIDS Awareness Clubs will address the root causes of the feminization of the HIV epidemic, the status of girls’ education and its impact on HIV and AIDS, and actions needed at the international, regional, country and community level to remove barriers to girls’ education and prevent the further spread of HIV. Moderators for the session include Jeanette Kagame, Rwanda’s First Lady, and Josée Verner, Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation.

The UNAIDS IATT on Education was created in 2002 to support accelerated and improved education sector responses to HIV and AIDS. It is convened by UNESCO.

For more information visit http://www.ungei.org/infobycountry/247_950.html.


Launched in October 2005, the UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS Campaign is a UNICEF-led partnership that provides a child-focused framework of nationally owned programmes incorporating specific targets for 2010 and concentrating on the ‘Four Ps’: Prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Provide paediatric treatment. Prevent infection among adolescents and young people. Protect support for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Girls’ Education and gender equality are essential components in HIV prevention, and is integrally linked to this Campaign.

For more information on the campaign, visit http://www.unicef.org/uniteforchildren.

Upcoming Events
12 August - International Youth Day
13-18 August - XVI International AIDS Conference, Toronto, Canada

21-25 August - Child-Friendly Schools: Capacity-Building Workshop, Mozambique

If this email was forwarded to you, you may subscribe to our mailing list by going to: http://www.ungei.org/listserve/.

Partner Profile

CIDA – the Canadian International Development Agency – is a world leader in child-centred and girl-friendly education. Health is also a priority for CIDA, and the fight against HIV/AIDS is a major part of the agency’s efforts.

See profile >>

In Focus

During the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto the UNAIDS IATT on Education will launch Review of the Evidence: Girls' Education and HIV Prevention, a CD-ROM containing more than 100 recent resources produced by members of the IATT on Education and other leaders in the education, gender and HIV/AIDS communities.

More info >>