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UNAIDS Nigeria marks International Women's Day

08 March 2016, 20:39Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has hailed Nigerian women on the occasion to mark 2016 International Women's Day.

“UNAIDS congratulates the women of Nigeria on the occasion of International Women's Day 2016,” said Dr Bilali Camara, UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria and UNAIDS Focal Point for ECOWAS.

Camara said on Monday, she had the privilege to meet the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development to discuss the important role of women in Nigeria's fight against the AIDS epidemic.

“I have reached agreement with Senator Aisha Alhassan that we need to mainstream HIV/AIDS in Gender programming so as to end AIDS by 2030,” said Camara.

Also read: UNAIDS Executive Director to visit Nigeria

“UNAIDS is determined to work with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to make this happen.”

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, UNAIDS said on International Women’s Day, the world must reaffirm its commitment to achieving full respect for women’s human rights both as a moral obligation and as a keystone for a safer, fairer and healthier world.

“Empowering this generation of women and girls and closing the gender gap is a central component of the Sustainable Development Goals and is crucial to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030,” the UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, said.

UNAIDS leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

In Nigeria, more than 3 million people live with HIV/AIDS. About 2 million are females aged 15 and above. 

- CAJ News


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