Recent Study Recommends More Funding to Reflect Connection between Gendered Violence and HIV/AIDS
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 12:34 PM

The Women Won't Wait Campaign of Action Aid recently published a study entitled “Show Us the Money: Is Violence against Women on the HIV & AIDS Donor Agenda?” In order to highlight the failure to fully incorporate issues of gender-based violence in campaigns against HIV/AIDS, the study examines policies, programming, and funding of five primary organizations working to combat HIV/AIDS: the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GFATM); the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR/US); the UK Department for International Development (DFID); the World Bank; and UNAIDS (the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS). The study explores the societal context of the role of violence against women in making them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.  The study found that gender-based violence is not emphasized enough and not measured enough as a significant factor in spreading the disease.  Additionally, funding is not allocated to examine gender-based violence as a tracked investment for HIV/AIDS preventative programming. The study concludes that gender analyses must occur to create effective policies, programming, and funding.

Compiled from: Show Us the Money: Is Violence against Women on the HIV & AIDS Funding Agenda?,” Susana T. Fried, Women Won’t Wait Campaign through Action Aid, 2007.