Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Health-Related Issues Surrounding International Women’s Day

The Lancet: International Women’s Day 2015
Editorial Board

“…At the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (March 9-20), the political declaration for the 20th anniversary of the Beijing conference will be adopted. The absence of health in the draft is a concern, and it is weak on human rights, especially sexual rights, which encompass abuses such as child marriage, female genital mutilation, and violence. Negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda have similarly struggled to address these core issues. Sexual and reproductive health and rights must not be sidelined again as they were initially in the Millennium Development Goals. The opportunities offered by U.N. negotiations this year must not be squandered if we are to secure actionable commitments that could yield vast improvements for girls and women everywhere” (3/7).

Devex: Make HIV prevention happen for young women
Zeda Rosenberg, CEO of International Partnership for Microbicides, and Sharon Hillier of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

“…Preventing HIV in women has always been both a scientific and a social challenge. … To close the gap and lower women’s risk of acquiring HIV, we need more female-initiated options that can work for and meet the needs of different women at different times of their lives. … If we can offer women practical and effective prevention options, we not only enable them to protect their own well-being — we protect their children and future generations. On International Women’s Day, let us remember that we cannot end AIDS without giving women new options they can use to keep themselves healthy and safe” (3/6).