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Close the Gap for Women and Girls

Close the Gap for Women and Girls

A Message from HEARD's Executive Director Prof Nana Poku on World AIDS Day 2014

Adolescent girls and young women are being left behind in the AIDS response, and more work needs to be done to empower women everywhere. On World AIDS Day 2014, HEARD joins the international community to support the power of social change to close the gap between people who access HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind.

For young women, reducing gender-based violence, supporting interventions that empower them economically, and supporting their sexual and reproductive health and rights is key if we are to reduce HIV acquisition in this group. On this day, and on every day, HEARD and its staff continue to stand in support for the realisation of these goals.

Recommended UNAIDS infographics: Close the gap for women and girls; 12 populations being left behind

Women, Girls and HIV and AIDS: Where are we 10 Years on?

Women, Girls and HIV: Where Are We 10 Years On?

A Panel Discussion Commemorating World AIDS Day

This year marks 10 years since the theme for World AIDS Day was ‘Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS’. Join leading female researchers and scientists in a panel discussion on how to reduce the burden of HIV on women and girls and why a gender-conscious response to HIV is necessary. Event details here.

Informal Sources of Sexual and Reproductive Health Information in South Africa

Informal Sources of Sexual and Reproductive Health Information in South Africa

In South Africa, family members, peers, the media and pornography are the avenues people obtain information on sexual and reproductive health (SRH). However, information from these informal sources is often inadequate which could have significant and often negative implications for men and women’s early safer sex behaviours. Given the powerful impact of informal sources of SRH information on young people’s SRH awareness, attitudes and sexual practices; more needs to be known about the content, context, access to and evaluation of such information. More on this study.

AfriNEAD Presents HEARD's Disability and HIV Expert

Enabling Teachers to Effectively Deliver Sexuality Education to Learners with Disabilities

Learners with disabilities are at increased risk of exposure to HIV and sexual violence because they lack sexuality education and accurate HIV information. HEARD’s disability and HIV expert, Dr Jill Hanass-Hancock  presented the initial results of the Breaking the Silence project at the 4th African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD) Symposium currently underway in Malawi. The study assessed the needs of educators and learners and developed a targeted intervention which includes teaching material. Earlier this year, a training workshop intervention was piloted in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, which looked to address the gaps and teaching needs of educators. The presentation includes background information on the project as well as brief results of the initial needs assessment.  Access the presentation.


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