Copy from Women Now website:
Women Now! 2016 will provide an opportunity to assess the content and execution of the International AIDS Conference 2016. The Pan African Women’s Summit will provide an opportunity to assess the content and execution of the IAC for its meaningful inclusion of women’s and girls’ sexual & reproductive health and justice, especially women and girls of African descent, who bear the brunt of the HIV pandemic among women worldwide. The summit will address critical areas of concern for women’s human rights, through an inter-sectional lens, including key issues of race, economic status, gender equality, women’s empowerment, gender-based trauma and violence, and sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice.
We need this meeting at this time because making women and girls, especially black women and girls, a more focused priority in the multi-sectoral global response to HIV is at a critical juncture in the current advancement of prevention technology and advocacy. Our inability to have a global collective voice for the women who bear the brunt of the epidemic around the world will hinder the best chances we have to help women and girls reach the finish line on HIV the same time as men will.
This is true for us women, our voices need to be heard more and we need to be more involved in most of all the decision-making processes and implementation. Without us, there is no them, so great women out there let’s get involved and be more active on issues concerning us!
I arrived in Durban safely, and I thank God for a safe trip. I am looking forward to a rich and rewarding experience.