Statement by UN Women on World AIDS Day, 1 December

Women’s leadership makes a difference every day


The contribution of women and girls, particularly those living with HIV, is indispensable in the HIV response at the community level. Women and girls provide critical care for family and community members living with HIV, and help ensure they start and stay on treatment. This is admirable—but problematic when it contributes further to the burden of unpaid care work borne by women and girls—which is already three times that of men. This care work at the community level must be fully recognized, valued and re-distributed equally within the household so that women can have more opportunities to choose what they do with their lives.