HIV/AIDS, Women's Human Rights and the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS:
The principal obstacles for the implementation of the Declaration in Georgia
All of us must recognize AIDS as our problem. All of us must make it our priority.
Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, 25 June, 2001
Why cannot I have the operation? Why cannot I?
HIV-affected Georgian woman
Twenty years have passed since the world first heard of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS), which cause an incurable deterioration of health. During this period the epidemics has spread to every corner of the world. According to the statistics, it has killed almost 22 million people (UN, 2001). More than 36 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, and every day, another 15,000 acquire the virus (UN, 2001). There is no other disease so dangerous nowadays for human immune system as HIV. There is no other disease so frequently discussed and referred to by the international organizations at their congregations and in their documents nowadays as HIV.
Human rights of people affected by HIV is a prominent issue that is exposed to discrimination. Special attention should be given to women living with HIV, as along with girls, women are the most vulnerable group to be stricken by HIV. This problem was underlined at the United Nation General Assembly's Special Session on HIV/AIDS, which took place from June 25 to June 27 2001 in New York. There, after three days discussion, heads of states and representatives of governments from 189 Member States unanimously adopted the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS named "Global Crisis - Global Action". The Declaration outlined new measures and targets to combat the spread of the pandemic and to decrease its impact on societies.
As a member state, the Republic of Georgia is obliged to follow...