EKPC is referring to the UNAIDS Agenda for Accelerated Action for Gender Equality and HIV
Several trends stymie the most effective programming. First, policies and programming to address GBV are often under-resourced and fragmented, operating in parallel to the national HIV response rather than in coordination and alignment. Second, the current level of resources for advancing WG/TG rights and responding to gender inequality and GBV in the context of HIV is insufficient to effectively implement policies that do exist, support the scale-up and replication of promising programmes, to engage in operational research, or to expand the evidence base. Third, lack of adequate investment in national strategies to address structural drivers of gender inequality and of violence (in general and in the context of HIV) has resulted in a fragmented approach, consisting generally of small-scale projects, often operating without the benefit of a sound unifying national strategy, and with limited investment in monitoring and evaluation.
EKPC emphasises the need to strengthen and broaden partnerships, and as a new approach to build synergies between the gender, women’s rights movement and the HIV response, and actively engage men and boys for gender equality. The Department concrete and feasible actions aim to be catalytic in nature, generating synergies between AIDS responses, and to work on the human rights of WG/TG and on gender equality and to tap into the richness, expertise and diversity of the Women’s and Gender movement. Our accelerated regional and country actions target new strategic opportunities, such as the review of the UN development assistance framework or the development of a new national strategic plan for HIV, to facilitate its implementation with WG/TG active involvement and leadership.