20th International AIDS Conference - Melbourne, Australia


SUSA15 GENDER, HIV AND SRHR IN THE POST-2015 FRAMEWORK
  Non-Commercial Satellite
Venue: Room 203-204
Time: 20.07.2014, 11:15 - 13:15
Chair: Marijke Wijnroks, Switzerland

Organizer: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
HIV is a public health issue and a human rights concern. HIV drives gender inequality and impacts on the development of individuals and communities. Gender inequality and unequal power relations continue to significantly influence the epidemic. IPPF is a global service provider and leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all. IPPF works with individuals and communities to address causes of inequality, reduce GBV, and challenge laws that deter the enjoyment and fulfilment of SRHR and empower women and girls. This session will include global experts on SRHR, HIV and gender. They will debate the proposed post-2015 global architecture to address gender inequality and empower individuals to exercise choice in their sexual and reproductive lives; take charge of their bodies and reduce the risk of HIV. The highlight of this session will be testimonies from young people living with HIV, victims of GBV and transgender people.
11:15
Access to sexual and reproductive health services including HIV for vulnerable people - Introduction

11:15
A testimony from a young person speaking of barriers to access SRH services
N. Salalila, Philippines

11:22

Powerpoint
Providing SRH services in post conflict settings - a short film about addressing GBV in Afghanistan
N. Akbari, Afghanistan

11:31
Advocate for gender and sexual rights for most vulnerable people - Introduction

11:40
Importance of key population / engagement to promote sexual and gender rights in local country/region
L. van der Merwe, South Africa

11:47

Powerpoint
Launch of HIV prevention report card for sex workers
L. Luyckfasseel, Belgium

12:12
Moderated Discussion

12:05
Why do global policies promoting access to HIV services for most vulnerable people matter at national level%3F
C. Stegling, United States

12:47
Conclusion

12:12
How can we ensure sexual reproductive health and rights being prioritised in the post MDG framework both under the health and gender goals?
K. Gilmore, UNFPA

Powerpoints presentations
Providing SRH services in post conflict settings - a short film about addressing GBV in Afghanistan - Naimatullah Akbari
Providing SRH services in post conflict settings - a short film about addressing GBV in Afghanistan - Naimatullah Akbari

Launch of HIV prevention report card for sex workers - Lena Luyckfasseel



Rapporteur report

Track D report by Angela Kelly-Hanku


This session brought into stark focus the importance of ensuring the inclusion of gender and sexual and reproductive health and human rights as we come to the close of the Millennium Development Goals.  Access to services, Advocacy and Ensuring gender and sexual and reproductive health and human rights post 2015 framed the Non-Commercial Satellite Session on Sunday.

  • Access to sexual and reproductive health services

Young people, and young women in particular, were represented by Nhey Shiel Grace Salalia from the Philippines. She shared her personal experience of trying to find a space where as a young woman in an Asian and Catholic dominated country she could claim her rights to information and access services to meet her needs; sexual rights she exclaimed are human rights.

Talking from Afghanisatan, Dr Akban spoke as the CEO of a innovative and highly significant program that seeks to provide integrated sexual and reproductive services to Afghani women in a Muslim country where gender based violence is common and the status of women low. He shared three lessons from the implementation of services for Afghani women : National and provincial level support is needed; Teaching religious leaders to promote Muslim beliefs of non-violence and the rights of women is essential and; addressing GBV while not easy needs to address poverty, social stigma, the low status of women and political instability for real change.

  • Advocacy

As a transgender woman from South Africa, Leigh Ann van der Merwe gave an impassioned and articulate call for the inclusion of sexual and gender minorities in the post 2015 framework. Describing the MDGs as hetero and gender normative, the needs of all women, irrespective of class or race or of being a transgender woman, must be rectified as we move forward post 2015. This would ensure the post 2015 agenda is also a feminist one.

Sharing stories of violence and discrimination against sex workers from Central Asia, Lena Luyckfasseel reported on the HIV prevention report cards developed for sex workers including: legal and social context; availability of services; accessability of services; participation and rights and; violence.

  • Ensuring gender and sexual and reproductive health and human rights post 2015

Christine Stegling called into question the role key populations will be granted in a post 2015 agenda. She stated that given the chance, countries will not give priority to those who are most socially and politically marginalized and as such the risk is that key populations will be lost as countries move to integrate HIV into other (and already fragile) health services. There is, she said, a need to make noise and claim a space for all key populations including lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex people as well as people living with HIV.

Human rights must be the normative and stable discourse by which we discuss access to sexual and reproductive health services, chanted Kate Gilmore in her thought provoking and eloquent presentation.  Both human rights and sexual and reproductive health belong in a post 2015 agenda and in doing so such access must be made available to the exclusion of none and for the benefit of us all.


Summary

The panel of international experts of women and one sole man, detailed the  the critical importance of ensuring that sexual and reproductive health and human rights is included in a post 2015 agenda, a claim that was made repeatedly. In doing so they called for the expansion of services to all women, young and old, irrespective of class, race, sexuality or being transgender. The first, and most interesting question from the audience raised the issue of infertility generally but also specifically for woman living with HIV with TB co-infection, where TB leaves them unable to conceive. Without doubt for those in the audience the importance of rights, both sexual and human, was  made clear. It is unthinkable, but not impossible, that such a call will not be heard and actioned. Silence and needed action about the need for men in all their diversity to be afforded the same sexual and reproductive rights and indeed services.

 




   

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