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'Equal' HIV response

Frederica Elbourne
Saturday, September 03, 2011

NATIONAL HIV responses must be reoriented to support women's equality in and outside the home, President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said.

He said national HIV responses must also encompass the protection of girls and women from violence.

The president said changes were overdue in the norm that set men against women for a successful national response to HIV.

Ratu Epeli made the point at the 10th biennial International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific in Korea last week.

He said strategies to enforce, finance and implement policies governing domestic violence, equality in marriage, HIV-related discrimination, and property and inheritance rights were rare.

Employment and services were not keeping pace with the growing number of young people, Ratu Epeli said.

He said youths made up the fastest growing age group in the region which comprised 40 per cent of the Pacific population under the age of 15.


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