Virtual Dialogue | Making the Law Work for Women and Girls: Lessons from HIV

, , , , , , , , ,

  • DATE / TIME:
    2020•04•22    21:30 - 22:30
    Kuala Lumpur

    By invitation only

    A girl walks through the flooded streets of her neighbourhood. Heavy rains overnight on Thursday 09, 2012 in Haiti’s northern city of Cap Haitian left streets, homes and fields flooded and hundreds of people homeless and up to 15 people dead.
    Photo Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0


    Women and girls are more vulnerable to the HIV epidemic, thanks to gender inequality in the form of gender-discriminatory laws, harmful traditional practices, and gender-based violence that reinforce unequal power dynamics between men and women. Laws can either support efforts to fight HIV or hamper women’s and girls’ ability to access HIV and health services. The existence of laws that allows violence against women continues the vicious cycle of gender inequality and reduce the efficacy of the HIV response for women and girls.

    Dr Michelle Remme will be part of the UNDP Community Practice Chat to discuss the Making the Law Work for Women and Girls in the Context of HIV, a UNDP report on an independent Global Commission on HIV and the Law, to produce evidence-informed recommendations to promote effective responses to the HIV epidemic. The discussion will be moderated by Kene Esom (Policy Specialist of Human Rights, Law, and Gender, UNDP) and feature Boemo Sekgoma (Secretary-General, SADC Parliamentary Forum), Alexandra Volgina (Programme Manager, Global Network of People Living with HIV {GNP+]), and Jessica Zimerman (Project Specialist, Gender-Based Violence, UNDP).

    For more information, please email