Violence Against Women

We, as women living with HIV, envision a life free from violence, coercion, and discrimination for all people. We, as women living with HIV, demand an end to the many different forms of violence faced by all women, including physical, emotional, psychological, religious, sexual, institutional, and economic violence, and the trauma that violence leaves in its wake.

PWN Tools and Resources:

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Other Resources:

  • We Were Never Meant to Survive: Violence in the Lives of HIV-Positive Women in South Africa. Positive Women’s Network in South Africa collaborated to create this amazing report as part of the 1 in 9 campaign, a campaign focused on upholding the sexual rights of women and combating violence against women.
  • Breaking Research:
    • Vulnerability and empowerment: At the International AIDS Conference, an examination of sexual abuse and violence against women — and men. “A history of recent abuse increases the risk of death by 40% in HIV-positive women, U.S. researchers [with the Women’s Interagency HIV Study] reported at the 19th International AIDS Conference, held in Washington, D.C. in July.” Read more.
    • Trauma Drives HIV Epidemic in Women. “Physical violence, sexual abuse and other forms of childhood and adult trauma are major factors fueling hte epidemic of HIV/AIDS among American women. Scientists have known for years that traumatized women are at greater risk of becoming infected. Now, two new studies from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Harvard Medical School demonstrate that a high rate of trauma among women already infected with HIV also plays a role in the epidemic.” Read more.

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