Our Invisible Women campaign reached a high point this week as DFID finally launched it’s new seven year AIDS plan.
The fantastic news is that most of ActionAid’s demands are in there. DFID minister, Douglas Alexander, even wrote in his introduction ‘this document places at its heart the needs and rights of women’ – exactly what we’ve been calling for. Some of the text is so close to what we wanted that we wondered if we’d written it ourselves!
Big things to celebrate include promises to:
• Increase treatment for pregnant women to prevent transmission to their babies.
• Help women caring for orphans and people living with HIV. • Increase by 50% funding for HIV prevention methods women can control, like female condoms.
So is it all good news? The one letdown is that while it ticks all our boxes, the strategy doesn’t set out exactly how DFID will tackle complex, long term issues like violence against women. Without an action plan, Douglas Alexander may find it hard to stick to his word.
Take action now and help us get a strategy that really delivers for women.