May 4, 2018
Written by International AIDS Society
This article originally appeared on the International AIDS Society’s website. Reposted with permission.
The International AIDS Society (IAS) and Women Deliver are proud to announce the launch of Generation Now: Our Health, Our Rights. A bold new first-of-its kind partnership to unite two of the world’s largest movements towards a common goal: fulfillment of health and rights for adolescent girls and young women.
Women Deliver hosts the largest gathering on the health, rights and well-being of women and girls, and the IAS hosts the largest gathering on HIV and AIDS. Together, these global platforms have embarked on a two-year initiative to support the integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) by building up youth-led services and capacity on the most critical issues facing young people today – the Generation Now.
The Generation Now partnership came together in response to building momentum to integrate national and global efforts to end the HIV epidemic and protect SRHR. Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, achieving gender equality and empowering adolescent girls and young women to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights are critical for an effective HIV response. Yet HIV and SRHR responses are still often placed in silos. To improve the lives of young women and girls, an interconnected agenda must include:
Linked SRHR and HIV policies are critical for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and for accelerating progress to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) goals. Generation Now will unite policy makers, implementers and advocates to increase understanding of and advocate for integrated HIV and SRHR policies to shape systems and services that meet those in need, including adolescents and young women.
Pre-conference meetings at AIDS 2018 and Women Deliver 2019 will raise awareness among the different conference audiences on how the SRHR and HIV movements, together, can move the dial for young women and girls by ensuring that integrated and comprehensive SRHR and HIV policies, services and systems are the norm and not the exception.
To highlight the latest implementation research, the 2018 Generation Now pre-conference will consider abstracts related to HIV and SRHR integration that are submitted to AIDS 2018 for presentation at the meeting.
Today’s generation of young people is the largest in history, and HIV is the second leading cause of death among adolescents. Their choices and opportunities, including around SRHR, define the present and future of our world.
A diverse Generation Now Core Group of 40 members, at least half of them under 30, will inform the direction of the Generation Now programme and the development of the meeting agendas. The members are selected for their expertise and their ability to commit to and take action. The core group mirrors the innovative concept and structure of this project by uniting the networks and sectors of Women Deliver and the IAS, and engaging youth in a meaningful way in both the means and the ends of the project. Generation Now will support core group youth members to attend both pre-conference meetings.