Woman-controlled methods of preventing HIV transmission are at the forefront of this week’s International AIDS Conference in Toronto. Bill and Melinda Gates opened the conference by speaking passionately about the need to put the power to prevent HIV into the hands of women.
“No matter where she lives, who she is, or what she does—a woman should never need her partner’s permission to save her own life,” said Bill Gates.
PATH’s own work in advancing the empowerment of women has been highlighted several times:
Technical experts and global health leaders from PATH shared their insights on strengthening programs already in place and planning new action to slow the AIDS epidemic.
PATH staff from around the world also presented posters to share research results and lessons learned on many topics, from empowering neglected populations in the fight against AIDS to building links between health sectors that will make sure no patient falls through the cracks or is denied access to health care.
PATH is proud of the work our staff are doing all over the world and glad of the opportunity to contribute to this important global discussion about how best to confront HIV and AIDS. We look forward to the rest of the event—and to acting on new inspirations and challenges when it concludes.