Gender, human rights and HIV



Elena Reynaga participated in a series of activities organized by the Communication Initiative and the regional office of UNAIDS.

The actions were aimed at positioning in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean, the new approach of UNAIDS that promote the full exercise of human rights, gender equality, the reduction of stigma and discrimination and violence prevention in response to HIV, as part of the strategy «Getting to Zero».

As part of the project, the virtual forum «Human Rights: The best vaccine against HIV» was developed in order to debate on gender issues, violence, HIV and AIDS.

The forum was attended by journalists and members of organizations in various areas of work in defense of the rights in the context of HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean, among whom was Elena Reynaga, RedTraSex Executive Secretary, to contribute with the sex workers view.

«From RedTraSex, we do intensive work for sex workers at different levels: form them about their rights so they know how to get a professional and, on the other side, in health centers, raising awareness among doctors. Unfortunately, there are no public policies that protect women living with HIV. Today, much of this work is done by social organizations and some isolated program», Elena shared with other participants.

Our Executive Secretary contributed with her work experience in territorial work and her advocacy in public policies to this space that allowed debate on topics such as:

• The priority areas to combat stigma and discrimination,

• The effectiveness of prevention campaigns,

• The need to promote comprehensive education,

• Accompaniment by health services,

• The promotion of opportunities to facilitate the exercise of rights,

• And the information as a key element to combat stigma.


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