Today, WORLD celebrates International Women’s Day! On this day, we want to stress the importance of parity across genders, including those who do not identify within a gender-binary. With that in mind, WORLD stands in solidarity with others around the world as we #PledgeForParity.
WORLD envisions a world where women, girls, and families affected by HIV and AIDS have the tools, support and knowledge to live healthy and productive lives with dignity. As National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10) falls within this week also, we would like to emphasize the impact of the virus upon women globally and to reiterate that there is much work to be done in order to make our vision a reality.
According to the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), women and adolescent girls constitute more than half of all people living with HIV globally, and among women ages 15 to 49, HIV is the leading cause of death. The notions that HIV and AIDS primarily impact men who have sex with men are both distracting and untrue. This is a barrier that can prevent us from reaching the dream of a generation without AIDS. On this day, let’s acknowledge this reality and the work ahead of us that remains to be done.
Written by Casey Zirbel, Administrative Assistant, WORLD