Secretary Clinton, M•A•C AIDS Fund Partner To Fight Rape, Sexual Assault in South Africa

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 2, 2011

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Group President Este Lauder Companies/Chairman M•A•C AIDS Fund John Demsey, and Global Executive Director MAC AIDS Fund and Senior Vice President M•A•C Cosmetics Nancy Mahon announced a new public-private partnership with the M•A•C AIDS Fund to expand critical medical and emergency support services for survivors of rape and sexual assault in South Africa. Because of South Africa's high HIV prevalence, survivors of sexual violence are at high risk of becoming infected with HIV/AIDS. Evidence has also shown that women living with HIV/AIDS are at higher risk of experiencing violence.

During the announcement of the partnership, Secretary Clinton said, "...First let me welcome everyone here, and I especially want to welcome the Deputy Chief of Mission from the South African Embassy, Johnny Moloto. I'm delighted you could be here for this very important announcement of an exciting new partnership that touches on two of our greatest challenges and two very high personal priorities for me: stopping violence against women, and stemming the tide of HIV/AIDS.

"I have worked on these two issues for a very long time, and as a result of that work I have met survivors of sexual attacks around the world. And this is not just a problem that exists somewhere far away; it is very real and very present in the lives of women and girls everywhere. And it doesn't just harm a single individual or her family or her village; it shreds the social fabric of humanity that binds us all together.

"When the scope of a problem is so wide-ranging, we need a response that is just as broad. That's why the United States is taking a multi-pronged approach that addresses not only rape and sexual assault, but also human trafficking, child marriage, and related issues. We're working to expand economic opportunity and legal protections for women and to improve their access to health care.

"The partnership we are announcing today is part of that wide-ranging approach, because when a woman is raped or if she cannot negotiate with her partner for safe sex, she risks being exposed to HIV. We cannot stop the epidemic of HIV unless we also address the epidemic of violence against women.

"Since 2006, USAID and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, have invested approximately $19 million in an effective model developed by the Government of South Africa. This model provides a range of services to survivors of sexual violence, from emergency medical care to counseling and HIV testing. It also helps bring criminal cases to court faster, and it has improved conviction rates.

"Soon we will expand this work through a new partnership with the MAC AIDS Foundation. This is a foundation that is well known to me. I've had the privilege of working with it in the past. And we are so proud to have these outstanding partners join us so that this program can benefit more people in more places."

A full transcript of the event is available here.

Comments

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bijoux k.
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Congo, Democratic Republic of the
June 2, 2011

Bijoux in the Democratic Republic of the Congo writes:

Good but my opinion is to stop violence sexual ( in DRC ) , best to support but to stop is more better . ( MONUC! )

mustafa a.
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Turkey
June 22, 2011

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Kate F.
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Pennsylvania, USA
June 2, 2011

Kate F. in Pennsylvania writes:

Glad to see support for these women!

dsinla
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California, USA
June 22, 2011

Dsinla in Los Angeles writes:

Dr. Nancy Padian 10-year study on HIV transmission bit dot ly/lbJha6 (video) bit dot ly/kA0FjO (Paper)

View the Award winning documentary "House of Numbers" to see why questions about this must be raised, and why deeper issues about HIV and AIDS need to be discussed. Lives are at risk. This is the first documentary,with the worlds
foremost authorities, that highlights the fundamental problems with HIV
testing, science, and statistics. It sheds new light on a misunderstood
phenomenon for which there is still no cure.

Alex S.
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United States
June 3, 2011

Alex S. in the U.S.A. writes:

Hi,

It would be nice if this option of displaying closed captions/subtitles in the video for the hearing impaired people to watch the video with better understanding and access to information/education is vital to many.

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