Tuesday, March 27, 2007
J & J Joins the Fight
UNIFEM, UNAIDS, and Johnson & Johnson announced last Thursday that Botswana, Dominican Republic, India, Nigeria, and Vietnam will receive grants to address the connections between HIV/AIDS prevalence and violence against women. The grants are part of an initiative to establish public-private partnerships to combat both violence against women and the spread of HIV. UNIFEM Executive Director Noleen Heyzer observes, “Violence against women and HIV are pandemics that deny women’s human rights and devastate individual lives and societies.” The UN and the international women’s rights community have recognized the connection between violence against women and HIV/AIDS for many years. Welcome aboard, corporate America.