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