March 6, 2010

March 6, 2010
Gender Equality

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope your weekend is off to a great and safe start.

While the weather here in south Florida is still way below normal at least it is warming up to the 60s and sunny for the most part during the day. The nights are still going down to the high 40s but luckily my new place is well insulated which is a good thing. See most places in south Florida do not have heaters. That is right, no heaters. But then it usually does not go below the 50s here. This has been a record breaking winter for not only the rest of the country but also for south Florida and the Keys. We have seen lows not seen in 40 plus years.

I am still not getting around much while I am healing from surgery. Besides the doctor appointments I have and walking the dogs a couple of times a day, I spend the rest of the time resting, watching television and on Facebook or other websites.

I read an interesting story about gender equality which I would like to share with you for the blog today. I think it is relevant since Dab the AIDS Bear will be in attendance and taking pics at many of the observations of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day this next week.

UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé with singer and activist Annie Lennox launched the “Agenda for Accelerated Country Action for Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV” at the United Nations during its 54th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The timeframe of the plan is from January 2010 to December 2014. It seeks to link on a global scale the HIV/AIDS movement with the women’s rights movement, starting with UNAIDS and the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

The plan was launched at a U.N. panel discussion of about 300 representatives from governments, civil society, networks of women living with HIV and women’s rights advocates.

“The brutality faced by many women and girls goes far beyond social policy issues. In essence it is about equality and justice it must become a foreign policy issue,” said Sidibé. “This ‘Agenda for Accelerated Country Action’ for women and girls is a path to open dialogue with leaders of countries on how we shape the world of tomorrow.”

HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately affect women and girls around the world. AIDS is now the leading cause of death worldwide for women of reproductive age.

Lennox, who has been a longtime advocate for AIDS issues and women’s rights, said: “I am using my voice to call on leaders in political, religious and business spheres and communities to change the power imbalances between men and women for a better world.”

While women now make up more than 60 percent of all new cases of HIV and AIDS, it is more important than ever we address the issue.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab