This week, with the International AIDS Conference (IAC) happening in Vienna, we’re focusing on the event and relevant reading:
Protests over available funding and allocation of resources were a frequent occurrence at the IAC this week in Vienna.
Red umbrellas have been popping up a lot in pictures of the IAC. They’re a symbol of sex worker solidarity (learn the history here) and were carried by lots of angry sex workers at a protest against the USAID PEPFAR policy on Tuesday.
Women’s eNews features the perspective of women who are living with HIV and have disabilities.
During the conference the Vienna Declaration, a statement seeking to improve community health and safety by calling for the incorporation of scientific evidence into illicit drug policies, was circulated for signatures.
UNIFEM has an online campaign and petition to stop sexual violence in conflict zones. Learn more and sign here.
And here on Akimbo, we also focused on the IAC:
On Monday, the news broke that a study has shown a new microbicide to be 39% effective in protecting women from HIV.
Alex Garita wrote about how our Advocacy in Practice alumna Rachel Arinii was amazing as the youngest speaker at the conference. She gave a speech about the importance of meaningful youth inclusion in HIV/AIDS programming.
Alex also wrote about the opening plenary in her posts Outspoken Women in Vienna Demand Rights and Inclusion.
We covered our colleague Meena Seshu’s speech at the IAC, No Excuses: A Living Experience of the Struggle for Rights, with video and the list of SANGRAM‘s Bill of Rights.
And Alex Garita offered up Three Reflections from the International AIDS Conference.
We did have two non-IAC posts as well:
One by Melanie Abrahams called, Abortion Access in U.S. Doctor’s Offices, Women Share Their Experiences.
We also highlighted our action alert urging US citizens to contact their representatives and Prevent Child Marriage: Help Give Millions of Girls a Choice and a Chance.