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Integrating Strategies to Address Gender-Based Violence and Engage Men and Boys to Advance Gender Equality through National HIV Plans and Strategies

Johannesburg, South Africa          3-6 December 2012            Welcome!

This page contains resources produced by many organisations working on gender-based violence, involvement of men and boys, and the meaningful involvement of women living with HIV in the context of HIV.  It was developed for the participants of a workshop held in December 2012 in Johannesburg, hosted by UNAIDS East and Southern Africa Regional Support Team, the Gender Equality and HIV Prevention Programme of HEARD, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women, ATHENA,  Sonke Gender Justice Network, and other partners. 

This is the third workshop to be held on this theme. Each workshop has included different country delegations. The first workshop was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in November/December 2010. The second was held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2011.  Both the first and second workshop brought together delegations from many different countries of the world. This third workshop is the first regionally focused workshop. The materials presented by participants in the workshop in Turkey in 2011 can be accessed here


Countries represented at the meeting in Johannesburg are:

  • Angola
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Zimbabwe

Day One

Key Workshop Reference Documents:

  • "Framework for Women, Girls, and Gender Equality in National Strategic Plans on HIV and AIDS in Southern and Eastern Africa" ATHENA Network and HEARD 2010
  • To access individual components of the Framework tool, please click on the following and scroll down the new page to find "POLICY ANALYSIS TOOLS":
  • "From talk to ACTION: Review of Women, Girls, and Gender Equality in NSPs in Southern and Eastern Africa" Crone T, Gibbs A, Willan S, ATHENA and HEARD 2011
  • "POLICY ANALYSIS TOOL: Addressing Gender-Based Violence and Integrating Attention to Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality in National Strategic Plans on HIV and AIDS" ATHENA, HEARD, Sonke Gender Justice Network and Salamander Trust 2011


Partners' Contributions:


Day Two

  • Dr. Avni Amin, WHO, The Links between Gender-Based Violence and HIV - the Evidence (see from slide 15 onwards)  (overview presented today by Susana Fried, UNDP)
  • "What Works For Women": website summarising all the evidence of programmes which uphold women's rights and gender equity

Meaningful Involvement of Women living with HIV (MIWA):  led by Nomfundo Eland (South African National AIDS Council Women's Sector) and Martha Tholanah (ICW Zimbabwe)


Engagement of Men and Boys:  Part 1 - led by Tim Shand, Sonke Gender Justice, South Africa


Engagement of Men and Boys: Part 2 - Stepping Stones: Programme on Gender, HIV, Communication and Relationship Skills: led by Alice Welbourn, Salamander Trust


Together for Girls: presented by Lauren Rumble, UNICEF Zimbabwe


Sexual and Reproductive Health and RIghts and Institutionalised Gender-Based Violence: led by Promise Mthembu, ICW South Africa and Alice Welbourn, Salamander Trust

  • "Language, Identity and HIV: Why Do We Keep Talking About The Responsible And Responsive Use Of Language? Language Matters" JIAS 2012 Volume 15 (2)
  • "Did you know?" Film by women with HIV talking about sexual and reproductive rights in relation to motherhood, UNAIDS 2012 
  • "Did you know" in Portuguese" 
  • "Robbed of Choice" by Gem Initiative - film about coerced sterilisation in Kenya
  • "Women Out Loud" - report by women living with HIV on the Political Declaration 2011, UNAIDS 2012
  • "Background Paper on Gender-Based Violence experienced by women living with HIV" Hale F and Vazquez M 2011
  • "Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy" WHO 2011  This report shows that IPV can start or increase during pregnancy anyway, without HIV
  • "The Greater Involvement of Women living with HIV in Healthcare" JIAS 2009 Volume 9
  • "Towards an HIV-free Generation: Getting to Zero or Getting to Rights?" Reproductive Health Matters Journal 2012 Supplement
  • "Using a Clinic-Based Creativity Initiative to Reduce HIV-Related Stigma at IDI, Mulago Hospital, Uganda" African Health Sciences 2012 12(2)
  • "Women Out Loud" - report by women living with HIV on the Political Declaration 2011, UNAIDS 2012
  •  Alice Welbourn, Salamander Trust   Participation Tree and Policy Brief
  • Report by the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith Based and Local Communities 2012 on HIV and Maternal Health
  • Article by Susana Fried et al in the International Journal of Health and Human Rights 2012: "Integrating interventions on maternal mortality and morbidity and HIV: A human rights-based framework and approach"


Key Populations: led by Steve Letsike, SANAC, South Africa


Day Three

Country Action Plans

The following country action plans were presented by the delegations, on the basis of our workshop