Navigation Links
GAA Calls on Secretary Clinton to Speak Out Against Gender-Based Violence During Her Africa Trip
Date:8/1/2009

WASHINGTON, July 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Global AIDS Alliance executive director Dr. Paul Zeitz issued the following statement today on the eve of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's departure for a seven-nation tour of Africa:

"We applaud Secretary Clinton's decision to visit Africa next week and her decision to focus attention during her visit on preventing conflict and violence, including gender-based violence, on the African continent. Violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC) are issues in each of the countries she is visiting; for example:

  • Tens of thousands of women and girls have suffered systematic rape and torture in Democratic Republic of the Congo since conflict there began in 1998.
  • Liberia has a culture of sexual violence that is a carry-over from years of conflict there.
  • South Africa has one of the highest reported rates of rape in the world, coupled with one of the highest HIV rates in the world.

As a U.S. Senator, Secretary Clinton was a co-sponsor of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) in the last session of Congress, and she is thus well aware that gender-based violence occurs even in countries where there is no current conflict or war. Her trip is an opportunity to highlight the need for the U.S. government to coordinate all of its programs to address VAW and VAC, as well as to emphasize the responsibilities of African governments to address the scourge of violence," said Zeitz.

Worldwide, one in three women will survive physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in her lifetime. One in five will survive rape or attempted rape, and around 50% of female sexual assault survivors are 15 years or younger at the time of their attack. In addition, 10% of boys worldwide are sexually abused before they turn 18. In some countries, up to 50% of school children report having been physically or sexually abused while at school.

Violence against women and violence against children is a public health and human rights crisis of epidemic proportions. VAW/VAC also fuels the HIV/AIDS pandemic, both by hindering prevention efforts, including access to education, and by creating barriers to counseling, testing, and treatment services.

"We urge Secretary Clinton to speak out on these issues in all of her meetings with African leaders, and to impress on them the importance of immediately taking steps to protect the health, well-being, and safety of women and children in their countries," said Zeitz.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

http://www.globalaidsalliance.org/page/-/PDFs/Factsheet_VAWG_March_2009.pdf


'/>"/>
SOURCE Global AIDS Alliance
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. American Fertility Association Calls for Expanded Research to Advance New Technology to Screen Embryos for Genetic Abnormalities
2. American Meat Institute Calls WCRF Panel Recommendations on Meat Consumption Extreme and Unfounded
3. Superbug Outbreak Calls for Immediate Increased Attention on Infection Control
4. AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition Calls for AIDS Vaccine Field to Work Together to Analyze STEP Study Data and Determine Best Course to Move Forward
5. On World AIDS Day, CHF International Calls for Community Mobilization and Local Capacity Building to Fight HIV/AIDS
6. New AVAC Report on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Calls for Immediate Planning to Anticipate Study Results of Potential New HIV Prevention Option
7. Kroger Recalls Peanut Butter Bakery Cookies and Select Cakes Due to Possible Health Risk
8. Christie Cookie Recalls Certain Lots of Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Due to Expanded Recall by Peanut Corporation of America
9. Roundtable Calls Presidents Embryonic Stem Cell Decision: Bankrupt
10. HCPC Calls for Greater Healthcare Savings Through Improved Adherence to Prescription Drug Regimens
11. Health Secretary Reminds Kids to Stop Germs - Wash Hands
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/7/2016)... Dec. 7, 2016   IQuity, Inc., a ... Don Hardison has been appointed to ... executive with extensive experience as CEO, COO, and ... 500 companies within the molecular, clinical diagnostic, and ... and sales experience within the pharmaceutical industry. His ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... 2016  Urinary catheters are used for patients ... urological disorders. Urinary catheters include indwelling (Foley) catheter, ... or Foley catheter is a flexible tube with ... is inserted into the bladder through the urethra ... attachment at one end of the catheter is ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Immunohistochemistry Market ... report to their offering. ... The immunohistochemistry (IHC) market is projected ... 7.3% during the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. ... population across the globe are the primary driving the growth of this ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:12/7/2016)... New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) , ... December 07, ... ... cosmetic technique used to treat wrinkles and deep lines by smoothing and tightening ... many minimally invasive techniques out there to address facial aging with very little ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... Technology, S.L. (“Presence”) for a purchase price of approximately $17.4 million (net ... Presence’s annual revenue is approximately $13.2 million. Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, Presence ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 , ... Castle ... used in several ways to restore a more youthful appearance to the face. Dr. ... offer Sculptra, along with a variety of other treatments, to rejuvenate and renew the ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , ... December 07, 2016 , ... They are musicians ... sisters and wives, brothers and fathers, from New England and around the nation. What ... stigma, and are brought together in a beautiful and compelling new photographic exhibit debuting ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... consultation services from offices located in South Lyon, Dewitt, Williamston, East Lansing, Ann ... basketball coach who needs treatment for a brain tumor. , Jason Bauer and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):