Addressing gender disparities in HIV and empowering women

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Worldwide, women account for more than half the number of people living with HIV.1 Young women are twice as likely to acquire HIV as young men the same age – underscoring the degree of vulnerability that remains for many women around the world.1 On 10 September, at the Fast-Track Cities global conference in London, we held a symposium bringing together key policymakers and activists to explore solutions to address gender disparities in HIV.

We learned how critical it was to ensure girls and women are educated and empowered to make choices regarding their health. To achieve this objective, a panel of leading experts and inspirational representatives from across the globe women discussed the need for gender-specific strategies to give women better access to prevention, testing tools and treatments, and to define measures supporting women ageing with HIV, to preserve their long-term health.
These women are united in their work to end the epidemic and advocate for the rights of women. On this page, you can find a video showcasing highlights from the symposium along with the biographies of the speakers.

Chair

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Elizabeth Bukusi

Chief Research Officer

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Centre for Microbiology Research
Elizabeth Bukusi
Chief Research Officer
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Centre for Microbiology Research

Dr. Bukusi’s primary areas of interest in research focus on sexually transmitted infections, reproductive health and HIV prevention, care and treatment. In addition to her substantial experience in conducting research in Kenya, as well as providing HIV care, mentoring and training different cadres of healthcare and research personnel, she has an interest in research and clinical ethics, and the development of systems and structures for regulation of research at KEMRI and in Kenya. She is currently a member of the UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel, serves on the IAPAC board and is a Research Professor at the University of Washington, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Global Health.

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Speakers & Panelists

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Gunilla Carlsson

Executive Director

a.i., UNAIDS
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Jane Anderson

Consultant Physician in HIV Medicine

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Kim Simplis Barrow

First Lady of Belize

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Nicole Seguy

HIV and Viral Hepatitis Unit Lead

Regional Office for Europe, WHO
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Silvia Petretti

CEO

Positively UK
Gunilla Carlsson
Executive Director
a.i., UNAIDS

A strong leader in global health and development, Ms. Carlsson provides strategic direction to UNAIDS management functions and leads UNAIDS’ work in promoting effective governance of the Joint Programme and ensuring that UNAIDS continues to serve as a pathfinder for United Nations reform. Before joining UNAIDS, she served as an elected member of the Swedish Parliament from 2002 to 2013 and as the Minister for International Development Cooperation from 2006 to 2013. Ms. Carlsson was a member of the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: Defeating AIDS—Advancing Global Health and a member of the World Bank High-Level Advisory Council on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

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Jane Anderson
Consultant Physician in HIV Medicine
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Anderson is the clinician KOL leader and co-chair of the Fast-Track Cities Initiatives Leadership Group in London. Her work focuses on the needs of ethnic minority and migrant populations in relation to HIV in the UK, with a particular interest in HIV care for women and families. She is a patron of the Sophia’s Forum, an HIV support and patient advocacy group with a focus on women living with HIV. Professor Anderson is a visiting Fellow at King’s Fund, a member of the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for HIV and is Chair of the National AIDS Trust.

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Kim Simplis Barrow
First Lady of Belize

Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow is the wife of the Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Honorable Dean Oliver Barrow. She is Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and Child and Chair of Spouses of the CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN), which is dedicated to addressing Caribbean priorities including the reduction of teenage pregnancy, cervical cancer, HIV (including mother to child transmission) and violence against women and children. She is the Founder and Director of the Lifeline Foundation and the SHE for BELIZE Foundation. She has hosted international conferences on ending violence against women and children and improving the situation of women entrepreneurs in Belize.

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Nicole Seguy
HIV and Viral Hepatitis Unit Lead
Regional Office for Europe, WHO

Dr. Nicole Seguy is a physician and public health specialist from France. Since 2005, Nicole has been working with WHO as an HIV medical officer in Cambodia and China providing technical assistance to national health authorities and national HIV/AIDS programmes. She has led the Communicable Diseases team at the WHO country office for India and supported the elimination programmes for HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, malaria, and neglected tropical diseases as well as the programme for control of antimicrobial resistance.

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Silvia Petretti
CEO
Positively UK

Silvia is Positively UK’s CEO, a national UK charity supporting people living with HIV. Silvia joined Positively UK in 1999 as volunteer in the organisation Community Development Team providing treatment information to women attending HIV clinics. Silvia set up PozFem, the first national women’s network. Silvia also represented people with HIV on the British HIV Association (BHIVA) board, chaired the UK CAB and represented the Global Network of People Living with HIV at the UN. Silvia has been living with HIV for 22 years.

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