UN grant for India to fight gender violence
Organisations in five countries, including India, will receive grants to address links between gender-based violence and the spread of HIV/AIDS under a joint initiative agreed between two United Nations agencies and a leading United States based pharmaceutical company.
The other countries include are Botswana, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Vietnam.
The organisations receiving the grants would be expected to foster innovative strategies to raise awareness, uphold laws, provide medical assistance, train service providers and reduce stigma and discrimination to empower women.
The agreement was signed by UNAIDS, the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson.
"Violence against women and HIV are pandemics that deny women's human rights and devastate individual lives and societies," UNIFEM Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer said.
"We welcome the opportunity to work through public-private partnerships to invest in innovative strategies. Scaled up, they can become part of national development strategies to achieve lasting change."
"Violence makes women more susceptible to HIV infection and the fear of violent male reactions, physical and psychological, prevents many women from trying to find out more about it, discourages them from getting tested and stops them from getting treatment," UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said.