Report: Domestic Violence in Uganda Increases Risk of AIDS for Women
A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report reveals that the Ugandan government's failure to address rape and attacks on women by their husbands increases women's risk of contracting HIV. HRW asserts that "Ugandan women are becoming infected with HIV, and will eventually die of AIDS, because the state is failing to protect them from domestic violence."
The group also warns that Uganda's recent success in stemming HIV/AIDS will be short-lived if it does not protect women from being abused or raped by their husbands.
Many of the women that HRW interviewed feared violent repercussion from their husbands for receiving HIV/AIDS services, including testing, counseling and treatment.
HRW is urging the Ugandan government to make women's health and equal rights in marriage a central component of its AIDS programming. Uganda is one of the 14 countries that will receiving five years of increased AIDS funding from the United States.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .