UNAids head calls for a ‘women’s meeting’
THE executive director of UNAids, Michel Sidibé, who met protesters in Midrand this week calling for him to step down for failing to take proper steps to deal with sexual harassment at the organisation, says he wants to have a women’s meeting in Africa to forge the way forward on ending sexual harassment.
“During my recent visit to South Africa, I listened carefully to you, I heard you,” said Sidibé after his visit yesterday.
“The HIV epidemic is inextricably linked to sexual and gender-based violence and the two can never be separated.
“We need the passion of advocates to move issues forward.” He urged his critics to come together and address sexual harassment and gender inequality:
“In collaboration with you, I am calling for a women’s meeting in Africa to forge the way forward…
“A transformative agenda to address sexual harassment and gender inequality is urgent.
“Let us work together towards it, let us spend our time and energy on this important agenda.” Sidibé spoke to protesters on Wednesday, but Vuyokazi Gonyela from Section 27 and the Treatment Action Campaign rejected his explanation for handling the case of a former UNAids executive body member.
“His apology is not good enough,” she said. – Independent Foreign Service