From June 6-10 2011, members of the Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice (RESURJ) Alliance met at the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS. RESURJ members participated in a number of panels, training opportunities, and advocated for our “Resurj by 2015” Agenda, primarily on sexual and reproductive rights and health as critical to ending, preventing, and treating HIV and AIDS.
The International Women’s Health Coalition held an Advocacy In Practice (AiP) training on June 4,5 prior to the HLM for RESURJ alliance members and International Year of Youth Coalition participants. This training trained 20 young people from 18 countries on how to effectively advocate by revising important international agreements, particularly the Cairo Program of Action, the Declaration of Commitment on HIV, and the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS in order to push for implementation of international sexual and reproductive rights and health commitments.
Promise Mthembu from South Africa, Alessandra Nilo from Brazil, and Eugenia Lopez from Mexico all made interventions during the Panels on Prevention and Women and Girls, to speak about the importance of investing funds and designing programs for women and young people that enable their access to sexual and reproductive health services, comprehensive sexuality education, and protection of their human rights.