Partnership to promote gender equity for an AIDS-free generation unveiled

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Addis Ababa, January 22, 2013 (WIC) - The U.S. Mission to African Union (AU) along with the AU Commission for Social Affairs and PEPFAR Ethiopia unveiled a “Partnership Quilt” on Monday at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The Partnership Quilt is said to be expression of stakeholders’ commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS, thereby promoting gender equity for AIDS- free generation in Africa.

In a press conference before unveiling the Partner Quilt, U.S. Ambassador to AU, Michael Battle highlighted the momentum he has seen building within the AU Commission for Social Affairs as it pertains to the work the AU is doing on HIV/AIDS.

“AU provides the perfect backdrop to continue continental dialogue and spark creative ideas in fighting HIV/AIDS, the Ambassador said.

AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr. Mustapha Kaloko for his part said the AU is committed to collaborate and coordinate with all stakeholders and partners to ensure an AIDS-free generation. He stressed the need for sustained advocacy, a strong partnership and a fervent commitment to combat gender inequality in Africa.

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Ethiopia Coordinator Dr. Carmela Green-Abate, in her remarks, focused on the other major theme of the Partnership Quilt, the role of women in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa.

She said the U.S. is focusing even more intently on women and girls, as they are still at higher risk than men of acquiring HIV; which is usually exacerbated due to gender inequality and violence.

Thirteen organizations from civil society, government offices, religious institutions, media, and academic institutions, among others, are represented in the quilt unveiled which will be displayed at the AU for the duration of the 20th Au Summit.

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