World AIDS Day and Human Rights Day
World AIDS Day December 1
AIDS is one of the leading causes of death among women of reproductive
age. Half of all 34 million people living with HIV are women, and
over 300,000 are children. Maternal and child health services provide a crucial entry point for HIV prevention, treatment, and care.
While women and children are disproportionately vulnerable to the epidemic, there are encouraging signs of progress. UNAIDS World Aids Day report 2012 shows a more than 50% reduction in the rate of new HIV infections across 25 low- and middle-income countries––more than half in Africa, the region most affected by HIV. Between 2009 and 2011, the number of children infected with HIV dropped by 24%. And a number of exciting new innovations promise more agency and protection for women and children.
This World AIDS Day, partners are furthering their work to improve results for AIDS prevention and treatment and to advance the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive. Read statements by world leaders on the occassion of World AIDS Day 2012. Nearly 40 of the 197 partners of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health made specific advocacy, policy and service delivery commitments related to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Learn more about these commitments, and about how the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS will help improve women’s and children’s health.
(centre), Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on AIDS and HIV
(UNAIDS), with Bernhard Schwartländer (left), Director for Evidence,
Strategy and Results at UNAIDS, and Annemarie Hou (right), UNAIDS’
Director of Communications, holds up the organization’s new Results
Report on HIV, launched during a press conference held in advance of World AIDS Day in Geneva,
Human Rights Day December 10
The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health builds on existing human rights commitments made by countries and partners. December 10th is the anniversary of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Partners in the Every Woman Every Child movement recognize that investing in the health of women and children is not only the right thing to do, but that it also helps women and children realize their fundamental human rights. Learn more about their work and about ways to ensure human rights can be better addressed in your commitment(s):
Find out about the Convention of the Rights of the Child and how to get involved;
Remember Resolution 11/8 of the 11th Session of the Human Rights Council that recognized maternal mortality as a human right concern;
Keep up to date with the work of the UN special rapporteur on the right to health;
Don’t miss the 2012 UNFPA State of the World Population report which calls for the understanding of family planning as a human right for all;
Learn about the Children’s Rights and Business Principles by Save the Children, the UN Global Compact and UNICEF; and the Women Empowerment Principles by the UN Global Compact and UN Women. Both documents offer guidance to businesses on how to protect and ensure children’s and women’s rights in the work place and the communities in which they operate.
Click to view additional commitments dealing with women's and children's human rights, including those that address early marriage, access to free health care for pregnant women and children.
Updates from November
Partners meet to review progress and agree on a strategy to advance the Global Strategy in 2013 —From November 19-20th, representatives from national governments, the UN, civil society and the private sector gathered in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss how to accelerate accountability and harmonization of efforts in support of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health (CoIA). View the meeting agenda, participant list, group presentations, and more on the Accountability site of the World Health Organization.
UN Secretary-General joins UN Women and partners in call for action to end violence against women —In a statement marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called upon “all governments to make good on their pledges to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world”. This appeal reinforces the recent launch of UN Women’s COMMIT initiative, which asks governments to make national commitments addressing the critical issue of violence against women and girls. Learn more.
Members of LittleBigSouls, an international NGO committed to reducing death and disability for pre-term babies born in Africa, show their purple in Nigeria for World Prematurity Day.
Partners mark World Prematurity Day with action and new commitments — On November 16, partners from a multitude of sectors marked the second World Prematurity Day (WPD) in some 44 countries to bring the world’s attention to the tragedy of preterm birth, the leading cause of neonatal mortality and now the number two cause of child mortality globally. The WPD campaign has grown exponentially since the May 2012 first-ever release of the preterm statistical report, Born Too Soon. Country activities include national events organized by governmental organizations to parent group activities, marches and even clotheslines filled with babies’ socks. View commitments and additional details.
Manila Declaration highlights regional ambitions for women's and children's health —Ministers and officials from some 20 countries gathered in early November to discuss strategies and principles to accelerate progress for women's and children's health in the Asia-Pacific region. Hosted by the WPRO and convened by AusAID, the Asian Development Bank, WHO, UNICEF, and PMNCH, the meeting was the first event to bring together more than 150 participants from government, civil society, the UN and the private sector to share knowledge of regional strategies for investment, policy implementation and accountability, with a resulting outcome document - "The Manila Declaration" - which sets out concrete, measurable actions to enhance regional cooperation.
Partner join together to catalyze action for children on World Pneumonia Day — On November 12th, Every Woman Every Child joined forces with the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia to draw attention to the critical importance of reducing child pneumonia deaths for the achievement of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4. Read the full statement, and check out the Coalition’s resources to learn more about pneumonia facts, figures, and interventions].