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July 19, 2012

"Fighting for Our Lives" - US and Global Leadership on Women and HIV/AIDS Policy

As the International AIDS Conference convenes here in Washington, DC, the Center for Women Policy Studies is proud to once again share with all of our global colleagues and friends our Policy Resolution on Women and HIV/AIDS with the final list of endorsements from friends and colleagues worldwide.

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“EVERY DAY IS WORLD AIDS DAY FOR WOMEN”

POLICY RESOLUTION ON WOMEN AND HIV/AIDS

BY THE NATIONAL SUMMIT FOR STATE LEGISLATORS ON WOMEN AND HIV/AIDS

CENTER FOR WOMEN POLICY STUDIES

OCTOBER 28-31, 2011

WHEREAS: HIV/AIDS is increasingly a “women’s epidemic”, both in the United States and globally; and

WHEREAS: An estimated 25 percent of persons living with HIV in the United States are women and girls; and

WHEREAS: Women comprise nearly one quarter (23 percent) of persons who are newly infected with HIV; and

WHEREAS: Young women between the ages of 13 and 39 are at extremely high risk of HIV infection and are an increasing percentage of new HIV infections; and

WHEREAS: Women are more likely to face barriers in accessing HIV prevention, treatment and care because of their limited decision-making power, lack of control over financial resources, restricted mobility and child care responsibilities; and

WHEREAS: Racial and ethnic disparities are particularly pronounced among women living with HIV/AIDS, with African American and Latina women disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS; and

WHEREAS: Women in the United States with HIV are less likely to receive combination therapy and have less access to treatment than men; and

WHEREAS: The most common methods of HIV transmission for women are heterosexual contact and injection drug use; and

WHEREAS: Women have a far greater risk of contracting HIV from men during sex than men do from women because of biological determinants; and

WHEREAS: Women are at higher risk of experiencing intimate partner violence, including rape, battering, and forced unprotected sex, that puts them at higher risk of becoming infected with HIV; and

WHEREAS: Women whose partners rape or batter them often have limited access to legal remedies, even where laws are on the books to make battering a crime, because of fear or coercion; and,

WHEREAS: For many women, negotiating or demanding condom use is a virtual impossibility; and

WHEREAS: Such factors as poverty and economic disparities between women and men increase women’s vulnerability; and

WHEREAS: Such factors as violence, inequality, racial and sexual biases, and discriminatory laws directly contribute to health disparities and an increased vulnerability to HIV for women; and

WHEREAS: Most Americans feel there has not been enough action on HIV from a variety of groups and institutions including Congress, state and local governments, the media, corporate, religious and community leaders, and pharmaceutical companies;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT MARCH 10, 2013 shall be recognized as NATIONAL WOMEN AND GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY in the state of ________, to encourage individuals, elected officials, and community based organizations to take action to address the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.

SIGNED BY:

Representative Nickie J. Antonio, OHIO

Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter, SOUTH CAROLINA

Representative Brenda Gilmore, TENNESSEE

Representative Nikki T. Randall, GEORGIA

Representative Maureen L. Stapleton, MICHIGAN

Senator Lena C. Taylor, WISCONSIN

Representative Alberta Tinsley-Talabi, MICHIGAN

Representative Patricia Todd, ALABAMA

ENDORSED AND SIGNED BY:

Assemblywoman Mary Patt Angelini, NEW JERSEY

Mst. Zannatul Bakiya, Senior Staff Correspondent, Channel-I, Chaka, BANGLADESH

Koko Barnes, Executive Director, Seat Pleasant Community Development Corporation, MARYLAND

Shirley Elizabeth Barnes, President, The Barnes Findley Foundation, Inc. and former Ambassador, WASHINGTON, DC

Janet and Norman Brown, WASHINGTON, DC

Susan Burns, Minneapolis, MINNESOTA

Nora Callahan, Director, November Coalition, Colville, WASHINGTON

Representative Karen Camper, TENNESSEE

Christie Civetta, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

Representative Virginia Court, MONTANA

Dazon Dixon Diallo, Founder/President, SisterLove, Inc., Atlanta, GEORGIA

Representative Patricia Dillon, New Haven, CONNECTICUT

Deloris Dockery, Director of Community Organizing, Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, NEW JERSEY

Representative Katie Dorsett, NORTH CAROLINA

Margaret Dudafa-Inokoba, Coordinator, Female Youth Development Forum, Yenogoa, Bayelsa State, NIGERIA

Representative Eileen Ehlers, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Patricia Finder-Stone, DePere, WISCONSIN

Elischia Fludd, Founder and Executive Director, EOTO World

Leah Freij, Senior Gender and Youth Advisor, Evidence to Action Project (E2A), WASHINGTON, DC

Jill Moss Greenberg, MARYLAND

Jean Hardisty, Senior Scholar, Wellesley Centers for Women, Somerville, MASSACHUSETTS

Representative Kathy Hawken, NORTH DAKOTA

Samuel Holzman, NEW YORK

Representative Marcia Hovey-Wright, MICHIGAN

Karen Jacobs, Berkeley, CALIFORNIA

Cheryl Jacott-Daal, Board Member, Women’s Parliament Forum, SURINAME

Senator Constance N. Johnson, OKLAHOMA

Vanessa Johnson, National Women and AIDS Colelctive (NWAC), WASHINGTON, DC

Barbara Joseph, Chair, National Black Women’s HIV/AIDS Network, TEXAS

Vera Kalm, former Director, World Health Organization Office at United Nations, Stockbridge, MASSACHUSETTS

Naina Khanna, Coordinator, US Positive Women’s Network, Oakland, CALIFORNIA

Nanci Kreidman, CEO, Domestic Violence Action Center, Honolulu, HAWAII

Minister Gail Mengel, Blue Springs, MISSOURI

Gregory Mouat, Gloucestershire, GREAT BRITAN

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, WASHINGTON, DC

Representative Mary Pennell Nelson, MAINE

Winnie Owens-Hart, Howard University, VIRGINIA

Sister Barbara Pavlic, NEW YORK

Simone Morris Ramlall, Vice President, Guyana Association of Women Lawyers and Managing Attorney of the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic, GUYANA

Gini Reticker, Documentary Filmmaker, NEW YORK

Jane Roberts, Co-Founder, 34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), CALIFORNIA

Myrna Schnur, Oakland, CALIFORNIA

Representative Sandra G. Scott, GEORGIA

Gail Spangenberg, President, Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy, NEW YORK

Margaret Armstrong Staton, Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA

Honorable Maryan Street, Member of Parliament, NEW ZEALAND

Tay Walker, New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, NEW JERSEY

Susan Roosevelt Weld, Executive Director, Law Asia, WASHINGTON, DC

Pat Wiedhopf, Tucson, ARIZONA

The Women’s Collective, WASHINGTON, DC

United Women’s Foundation

Barbara Zia, Co-President, League of Women Voters of SOUTH CAROLINA

Diana Zuckerman, President, National Research Center for Women and Families, WASHINGTON, DC

The Center's Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) designation code is #11963.