Caribbean women groups meet to address violence against women and HIV/AIDS issues

A new approach is being taken to fight violence against women and HIV/AIDS, in Dominica and in the Caribbean region.

Over 20 individuals representing women’s groups and HIV/AIDS organizations, on Thursday began discussions on the findings of a study conducted by the University of the West Indies, Barbados, on the intersections between HIV/AIDS and violence against women in Barbados and Dominica.

The study was instituted by the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Participants of the two-day workshop are to decide on ways in which HIV/AIDS and violence against women can be addressed.

In her remarks at the opening session, CIM/OAS Principal Delegate Gloria Shillingford, said: “In modern times, the relation between violence against women and the spread of HIV/AIDS has become increasingly visible, and we cannot allow the exacerbation of either of these problems.”

She also described the workshop as an avenue to strengthen linkages on the way forward in combating HIV/AIDS and violence against women.

The meeting is organized by the National HIV/AIDS Unit and the Ministry of Community Development, Gender Affairs and Information.

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