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This study and brief aim at providing insights on how gender and other intersecting inequalities impact the risk and vulnerability to HIV for women and girls in Africa. Secondly, the review aims to provide key recommendations to the AU and partners on integrating gender equality, women’s empowerment and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights into the existing AU architecture, through strategic, planning, budgeting and implementing processes to address the gender-related barriers and challenges in the HIV response.
Women’s empowerment and gender equality represent long-standing global challenges on which significant progress has been made over the past few decades, albeit slowly and sporadically; however, this progress continues to be undermined by institutionalized unequal gender power relations based on social norms and practices. In the light of the current state of the world, where systemic oppression, ongoing conflicts, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and other epidemics...