Strengthening Gender Programming in PEPFAR: Technical Exchange of Best Practices, Program Models, and Resources

Report on a Technical Exchange in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 28 to 30, 2009, Convened by the PEPFAR Gender Technical Working Group

Gender norms, roles, and inequities are at the heart of the objectives and challenges of HIV prevention, treatment, and care and support programs. Without addressing the way that gender influences access to resources, information, individual agency, and social norms, efforts to curb the epidemic will remain constrained. The new U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) reauthorization bill (HR5501) is even more explicit than the original PEPFAR legislation in its call to address gender issues. “Gender issues are critical components in the effort to prevent HIV/AIDS and to care for those affected by the disease…The President shall establish a comprehensive, integrated, 5-year strategy to expand and improve efforts to combat global HIV/AIDS. This strategy shall…support partner country and community efforts to identify and address social, economic, or cultural factors…which directly contribute to the transmission [and] missions [should] integrate a gender perspective across prevention, care, and treatment programs.”



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