The XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008 ) will be held in Mexico City from August 3-8, 2008. With over 21,000 people expected to attend, AIDS 2008 is the largest and most important HIV and AIDS conference of the year. A few days before the conference opened, UNAIDS released a new report that shows HIV infection rates are decreasing. Welcome news, but the situation is still grim for women and girls who remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV infection. In a statement in response to the report, the World YWCA welcomed the call for governments to scale-up gender equality and women’s empowerment as part of their HIV and AIDS response.
The World YWCA has sent a delegation to AIDS 2008 to advocate for women and girls. Several of the women attending the conference will contribute to this blog. Keep checking back to read personal reflections to the events, debates and outcomes of AIDS 2008.