Commission on the Status of Women
Fifty-ninth session 9-20 March 2015
Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and to the special session of the General Assembly entitled "Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century"
Statement by the Civil Society Working Group on AIDS and Development, a coalition of civil society organizations advocating on health priorities, including issues for people living with and vulnerable to HIV, particularly women, younger women, adolescents, and girls.
As civil society organizations advocating for effective health policies and programs, particularly within the HIV response, we recognize the importance of the contributions by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on the post-2015 development agenda. We also recognize the significant advances made in by MDGs 5 and 6. However, on the eve of the 59th session of the CSW, which will review triumphs and challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, we note with discouragement that HIV have been forgotten in setting the agenda for this important event. Those of us engaged in improving the lives of those living with HIV, particularly women and girls, and working towards an end of AIDS note that as of February 23, 2015, the updated version of the CSW political declaration includes no meaningful reference to HIV, in spite of it being well documented during the Beijing +20 review meeting in December 2014 and regional review meetings across the globe.