Women and men practice and promote healthy gender norms and work together to end gender-based, sexual and intimate partner violence to mitigate risk and impact of HIV

The Joint Programme addressed the gender dimensions of the HIV epidemic in 2016– 2017 through a range of activities. UNAIDS supported countries in integrating gender equality into national HIV strategies, monitoring and evaluating frameworks and budgets, and enhancing leadership and participation of women living with HIV in decision-making.

The Joint Programme generated evidence of the impact of harmful gender norms on women’s ability to prevent HIV and mitigate its impact. The UN Women global review, key barriers to women’s access to HIV treatment, led by women living with HIV and governed by a global reference group, highlighted the experiences of women living with HIV in accessing quality care. Its findings were published in the Health and Human Rights Journal in December 2017.

Promoting leadership of women living with HIV was a major advocacy focus for the Joint Programme. This resulted in young women and networks of women living with HIV taking on greater roles in defining a common agenda and participating meaningfully in HIV policy and programming at national, regional and global levels. This included their active engagement in the 60th and 61st sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women, the High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, the 2016 International AIDS Conference and the Women Deliver event.

Find more details in the SRA report.

Outputs 2016-2021

5.1Strategic actions for gender equality and women and girls included and resourced in AIDS responses
5.2Actions to address and prevent all forms of gender-based violence implemented


OUTPUT INDICATOR Targets and Milestones 2019 Progress
Percentage of countries with national HIV policies and strategies that promote gender equality and transform unequal gender norms

2021: 70%

2019: 60%

2017: 50%

All: 68% [60/88]

FT: 73% [24/33]

Percentage of countries with laws and/ or policies and services to prevent and address gender-based violence.

2021: 70%

2019: 60%

2017: 50%

All: 59% [52/88]

FT: 55% [18/33]

Data source: 2019 JPMS country reports. Final numbers may vary slightly.