Addressing Inequality Critical To Ending AIDS
The Guardian: It isn’t lack of drugs preventing us eradicating AIDS, but inequality
Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation
“…It’s time that we as governments, together with our civil society partners, tackle the discrimination that prevents those infected with HIV from seeking and finding assistance and treatment. … The task of giving these people a voice and eradicating AIDS rests largely on the shoulders of governments. … So I call on world leaders to place women above cultural beliefs. Recognize their rights and tackle their disadvantaged position. Recognize the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Allow sex education. Give the poorest of the poor access to care and therapy. Do not give in to religious objections to condoms. Leave no one behind. That’s what we all promised to do when we pledged our support for the global goals last year. Let’s practice what we preach” (6/9).