UNAIDS strategy goal by 2015:
- Zero tolerance for gender-based violence.
Violence and the threat of violence can hamper people’s ability to adequately protect themselves from HIV infection and assert healthy sexual decision-making. In many countries, sex workers, people who use drugs and sexual minorities experience illegal law enforcement in the form of violence, rape, harassment and arbitrary arrest. All forms of gender-based violence and discrimination—against women and girls, men who have sex with men, transgender people and sex workers—should be recognised as human rights violations and as elements that can increase vulnerability to HIV. UNAIDS calls for programmes to eliminate gender-based violence and discrimination.
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