Alice Welbourn 18 March 2013
With the roller-coaster of the CSW just finished and the resignation of UNWomen Director Michelle Bachelet, the next year promises stormy seas ahead for setting the future agenda for women’s rights. Alice Welbourn sets out some priorities for civil society in relation to HIV, gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive rights.
Walking the bustling corridors of the UN headquarters with my Ugandan colleagues, I realise that I am situated – physically, intellectually, emotionally, politically – in the most direct connection between global policy making and grass root programming. Charlotte Watts reflects on her first week at the UN CSW
Louise Binder 6 March 2013
Recent court decisions in Canada on HIV non-disclosure are bad science, bad public health policy, and bad medicine for women, says Louise Binder
Nell Osborne 14 February 2013
Internationally, the reciprocal links between HIV and gender based violence are well documented. Yet in the UK NHS guidelines about violence against women do not contain any reference to HIV. Today marks the launch of a report by the Sophia Forum calling for a national investigation
Alice Welbourn 10 December 2012
Lack of funding for women’s rights is a form of gender-based violence which is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed. Alice Welbourn says it is critical for us to hold governments and the UN to account for gender equitable budgeting.Nell Osborne 5 December 2012
Are autonomous feminist movements more important for tackling violence against women than the wealth of a country and the levels of female representation in government? Nell Osborne examines the transformative power of women's movements.Baby Rivona and Oldri Mukuan 4 December 2012
the first time in south-east Asia, an HIV-positive women's group in Indonesia
is using the CEDAW Shadow Report to challenge the forced sterilisation
and violence against positive women
The top down medical bio-fix behind the new Global Plan for an AIDS-free generation will not work without shifting the status quo to include human rights and the science of phenomenology: that means talking to us, funding us and involving us, says Alice WelbournAlice Welbourn 27 July 2012
Rumours of the closure of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, and a World Bank and USAID meeting of "world thought leaders" with no women on the panel. On the final day of the XIX International AIDS Conference, Alice Welbourn reports on the battle for the human rights of women with HIV to health, participation in the world, and to dignity.Louise Binder 27 July 2012
"It is a terrible irony that we have come to a place where the medications we fought for will allow us to live a relatively normal quality of life, and now we are going to go to jail for doing so". Louise Binder reports on laws that will deter people from testing for HIV and increase the fear of stigmaAziza Ahmed, and Mindy Roseman & Jennifer Gatsi-Mallet, 25 July 2012
There is no shortage of documentation regarding the struggle of women living with HIV to access basic care, support, and treatment. There is however a dearth of remedies and of justice.Alice Welbourn 23 July 2012
In the US more than 80% of women living with HIV are women of colour and poverty. Funding is drying up for prevention and supportive services, and HIV criminalization is on the increase. Alice Welbourn reports on the opening day of the X1X International AIDS Conference in Washington DCMaria de Bruyn 23 July 2012
Interventions to link HIV-related and reproductive health services must not only include access to modern contraceptive methods and non-discriminatory antenatal, delivery and postnatal care, but also access to safe legal abortion, says Maria de BruynAnca Nitulescu 22 July 2012
With HIV now the leading cause of death and disease among women of reproductive age worldwide, Anca Nitulescu asks whether the AIDS 2012 conference will finally address the links between HIV and gender based violenceNada Mustafa Ali 22 July 2012
A year after the UN adopted a declaration in which member states committed to creating “enabling legal, social and policy frameworks in each national context …to eliminate stigma, discrimination and violence related to HIV” . Nada Mustafa Ali reports on the situation in South SudanIda Susser, Zena Stein, and Erica Gollub 20 July 2012
As we enter the fourth decade of AIDS, we need to assert once again the importance of transparency, knowledge and autonomy in the introduction and distribution of technologies for prevention and treatment of the disease.Silvia Petretti 20 July 2012
44,3% of all new diagnoses of HIV are among migrant women. New culturally appropriate approaches are needed to community work, in order to reach those women who are most marginalized, says Silvia Petretti.Silvia Petretti 20 July 2012
il 44,3% di tutte le nuove diagnosi di infezione da HIV si registra tra le immigrate. C'è bisogno di nuovi approcci al nostro lavoro all’interno della comunità che tengano in considerazione l’adeguatezza culturale e che ci permettano di offrire sostegno anche alle donne che sono più marginalizzate, dice Silvia Petretti.Heidemarie F. Kremer18 July 2012
Heidemarie Kremer is a medical doctor, psychologist, and scientist. She has been barred from presenting her science at the International AIDS Conference in Washington because she is HIV-positive. She writes, "I have a criminal record because I am open about my HIV status. The stigma has made me silent".Susan Paxton 17 July 2012
Extreme discrimination, abuse and abandonment during delivery by maternal health professionals against women with HIV can be murderous. Susan Paxton reports on a rigorous study conducted in six Asian countriesJessica Horn 16 July 2012
As the 2012 International AIDS Conference gathers to review “the science”, Jessica Horn examines the powerful role of faith-healing in African communities affected by HIV and AIDS, and asks why there is still so little policy and activist action on the issue.Alice Welbourn 16 July 2012
The 19th International AIDS Conference opens in Washington DC next week. We all seek an HIV-free generation but as the Global Plan gathers pace, the juggernaut effect, with little safeguard for women’s rights or safety, may yet derail the process. Alice Welbourn explains why.
Again, we are delighted to learn that openDemocracy has chosen our story as the top story on 1 December 2011. This is World AIDS Day 2011, where the world stops for a moment to commemorate the millions of people who have lost their lives and faced appalling stigma and discrimination thanks to this pandemic.
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Alice Welbourn17 June 2011In the words of the African parable, when elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers. Then what will they have to survive on? Alice Welbourn reports on the plethora of men on the platform in New York....Alice Welbourn7 March 2011Global funding for HIV/Aids now goes to large international organisations. They need the grassroots organisations to tick their boxes of “community involvement”, but they are corporate entities, and the money for the daily advocacy work of positive women has all but dried up, says Alice Welbourn Alice Welbourn1 December 2010When the world has come to terms with the reality that HIV is not a morality issue, and that it can affect any one of us, it will be time to recognize the dangerous work of these women Jennifer Gatsi Mallet and Aziza Ahmed26 October 2010Accessing justice has been a long process for the sterilized HIV positive women whose cases are being heard before a judge in Namibia - and longer still for the women who may never have their day in court
Alice Welbourn 5 August 2010
Whilst the dollars roll big-time for medical male circumcision, we are forever at the wrong end of a deeply entrenched uneven male playing field of traditions when it comes to gender, HIV - and funding
Aziza Ahmed 5 August 2010
The attitude that we can ' rescue' sex workers has led to provisions in anti-trafficking and anti-prostitution laws which limit the ability of sex workers to access life-saving care and address the HIV epidemic
Heidemarie Kremer 23 July 2010
In 1988, I received the confirmation of my positive second Western Blot test in a phone booth at Teheran’s main post office. As an AIDS dinosaur, I would like to share some personal experiences....
Alice Welbourn 23 July 2010
At the close of the AIDS Conference in Vienna, Alice Welbourn reports that the question of whether a human rights agenda to public health will really start to find its way into the science tracks of these conferences still hangs above us all
Maria de Bruyn 23 July 2010
Some will find no evidence of value if it doesn’t coincide with the views that they already hold, or the interests they perceive are important to their most powerful supportersAziza Ahmed 23 July 2010
Lauren Suchman 22 July 2010
As I move through the conference outside the Women's Networking Zone, I sometimes find myself wondering if the women are here....Ida Susser 22 July 2010
We need to fight the narrowing opportunities for the production of generic AIDS and other drugs. As India is conforming to new patent laws, more people are contracting HIVJacqui Stevenson 21 July 2010
Putting human rights at the centre of the response to HIV and AIDS is the only way to truly tackle the pandemic, and satisfy the riot of demands made in today's march at the AIDS 2010 Conference in Vienna.Ida Susser21 July 2010
Advocates for women pushed for microbicides when scientists working on AIDS vaccines and treatment had not even envisioned the problem of “methods women can use.” The announcement of the first microbicide ever shown to prevent HIV in women is the product of feminist visionsAlice Welbourn21 July 2010
"For those of us who are in stable relationships with an HIV-negative partner – or seeking one – this was total music to our ears". Alice Welbourn reports from the International AIDS 2010 conference in ViennaAlice Welbourn20 July 2010
There we all were, presentation-writing abandoned, frantically wielding screwdrivers to construct eight large flatpack bookshelves which we have been lent for the week. Grace springs into action as the flatpack queen, explaining patiently to the rest of us the critical sequence to construction without tears. The frantic week has begunLuisa Orsa20 July 2010
The Women’s Networking Zone provides a space where no conversation is taboo, and where the mundane and seemingly ‘small’ details of women’s lives can be given a platform, so that the linkages between these realities, and HIV / AIDS policy and programming, can be made
Alice Welbourn charts her own personal experiences of what she learnt about HIV, about herself and about others during her early years of living with her diagnosis. She reflects on how traumatic experiences can also be ones of growth and self-knowledge – and how HIV has much to teach us all.
Balancing on Wheels of Hope
The criminal prosecution of people with HIV is accelerating insidiously
around the world. This article charts developments since Alice
Welbourn's openDemocracy report on this ‘war on women' for International Women's Day 2008.
Numerous countries and foundations are admirably desperate to do something to curb the spread of HIV/Aids. If a policy or a model law appears that has been produced by respected "expert" institutions, it is quite understandable that they will rush to make use of them. But what if those policies or laws, although well intentioned in principle, do not work in practice? This is exactly what is happening in the international response to HIV, where a crisis is developing which is increasingly eroding the rights of women.