CIVIL SOCIETY CONSENSUS IN ASIA PACIFIC AND AFRICA CALL FOR STRONG FOCUS ON KEY ISSUES IMPACTING WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV IN BEIJING +20 REGIONAL REVIEWS
November 18, 2014 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia/ Bangkok, Thailand- Recently released CSO statements from both
the Asia Pacific and Africa Beijing+20 regional reviews issue a strong call to action for the critical issues impacting women living
with HIV to be included in ongoing regional and global discussions such as the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of
Women (CSW 59) in March 2015. At this year's session of CSW, governments will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing
Declaration and will be reviewing and appraising implementation of its Platform for Action. The reviews in Asia Pacific
and Africa have been part of a process of regional reviews leading up to CSW. ICW applauds this strong focus on key
issues for women living with HIV in these regions in addition to other critical goals around gender equality,
freedom from violence, and women's economic security in advance of the upcoming deliberations on the
post-2015 development agenda.
In a declaration released yesterday by the African NGO forum ahead of the country negotiations at the 9th Africa Regional Conference on
the 20 Year Review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPfA), African NGO's affirmed the need for a strong focus
on the issues of women living with HIV. In particular, the NGO declaration asks country delegates
to " Guarantee sexual and reproductive health and rights for all women, including young women,
adolescents, and women with disability, women living with HIV and other marginalized groups, by ensuring
universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, information and comprehensive sexuality
education ." Critically, the NGOs issue a call to
" Repeal laws that criminalize the transmission of
HIV, particularly those that single out women and other marginalized groups living with HIV , " and demand an end
to " coercive HIV testing of women, forced sterilization and abortion for women living with HIV."
"We are very glad that the sexual and reproductive rights of women living with HIV are front and center in this call to
action on the issues impacting African women - We must not be forgotten in the global discourse." Aminat Alli-Agboola,
ICW member, Nigeria.
CSOs in Asia Pacific echoed this call to action, demanding sexual and reproductive rights for all women including marginalized populations
such as women living with HIV. Additionally, CSOs in Asia Pacific advocated an end to " laws and policies that discriminate
and/or criminalize sex workers, people who use drugs, mobile and migrant women and transgender people, including policies that
conflate sex work with trafficking, criminalize HIV transmission, and deport migrants on the basis of HIV status. "
and requested that governments " scale up interventions that end stigma and discrimination in health care settings
for key affected women and girls, including prohibition of compulsory HIV and pregnancy testing, denial of services;
subjection to degrading and/or humiliating treatment; forced contraception; forced sterilization and forced abortion."
ICW representative at the CSO forum in Asia Pacific and ICW Global Director Rebecca Matheson says "the inclusion of language
calling for an end to mandatory testing and human rights violations including forced and coerced sterilization and abortion is
absolutely critical to securing the rights of women living with HIV and ensuring their well being." ICW urges
governments to hear this call to action and ensure that the critical issues impacting women living with HIV are addressed in
any outcome documents from the regional Beijing reviews and in key upcoming global spaces including the development of the
ICW advocates from Nigeria, Kenya, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Nepal and Australia have been participating simultaneously in
these regional reviews to a secure a better future for women living with HIV.
ASIA PACIFIC BEIJING+20 CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM STATEMENT available at:
9TH AFRICA REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE 20-YEAR REVIEW OF THE BEIJING DECLARATION AND PLATFORM FOR ACTION (BDPfA) NGO FORUM DECLARATION available at: http://femnet.co/index.php/en/beijing-plus-20/item/326-africa-cso-position-statement
For more information contact:
ASIA PACIFIC BEIJING+20 - Rebecca Matheson, firstname.lastname@example.org
AFRICA BEIJING+20 -Rachel Oostendorp, email@example.com
Reproduced with permission - "ICW: The International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS"
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