HIV, ill-health and poor access to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) disproportionately affect women and girls. Many women and girls find themselves let down by laws and policies that do not advance their interests and obstruct their ability to negotiate safe sex. Poverty among women and girls is pervasive and this exacerbates their vulnerability to HIV and may lead to early or child marriages accompanied by remittance of dowry. Parliamentarians should prioritise enabling legislation so that women and girls access HIV prevention and SRH. Combating HIV and AIDS requires active and focused involvement as well as responsible leadership.
Panel of Experts: Ms. Anne Githuku- Shongwe, Ms. Brigitte Gblimou, MoH, Mr. Justin Freminot, HASO, Dr. Louine Morel,MoH.
Lead: Ms. Anne Githuku- Shongwe,UN Women.
Co-lead: Ms Susan Kimathi.
Moderator: Mrs. Sabrina Mousbe, MoH, Seychelles.
Co-Moderator: Mr. Benjamin Vel, HIV consultant.
Rapporteur: Mr. George Sanzila, Staff of Parliament, Namibia