United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

UNIFEM South Asia Office

2004

Under the Second round of PAF advocacy work was done with Positive womenís groups, media and enhancing the knowledge base.

PAF project acted as a catalyst for innovative responses to community based interventions and advocacy strategies with both the state and civil society. It aimed to strengthen the approaches and deepening the process of empowerment of women in particular young girls through human rights based approach to HIV/AIDS.  Partnerships were forged with positive womenís network in India, as well as self help group organizations working towards combating the spread of the virus. The specific development objective of the project was to reduce the multiple vulnerabilities rooted to gender inequality, poverty and violence that serve as a condition for sexual exploitation and subordination of girls and women, and as a vector for the transmission of HIV/AIDS. The project was executed at a broader context of UNIFEMís multi year funding framework which converges the goals of ending gender based violence and halting the spread of HIV/AIDS amongst women and girls for reversing the feminization of poverty and social exclusion.