Women: focus on LGBT in the Middle East, women with HIV and Ebola response in Guinea

Samantha Power (right) and Subhi Nahas (left) at stakeout. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

LGBT in the Middle East under the spotlight at the UN 

The situation of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in the Middle East was recently discussed for the first time by the UN Security Council during what is known as an Arria formula meeting. This form of meeting is a relatively recent practice, which enables members of the 15-member council to exchange views more flexibly. Held behind closed doors and co-sponsored by Chile and the United States, the encounter was seen as a sign that the issue is getting more visibility at the United Nations. The council heard first-hand from an Arab refugee who is gay in order to better understand the challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the region. Ana Carmo reports.

 

Gender inequality contributes to the spread of HIV. File Photo: UNAIDS/P. Virot

Women with HIV still face cultural and economic obstacles to treatment  

A growing number of women infected with HIV are receiving treatment, but cultural and economic obstacles make staying on it a challenge, according to a new study sponsored by UN Women, the agency that deals with gender issues. For the first time, HIV-positive women are carrying out their own review of the barriers they and women like them face to accessing life-saving treatment. They're finding through focus groups and surveys that continuing anti-retroviral therapy is often difficult, if not impossible. Maria Carlino reports.

Coordination among partners leads to “timely” Ebola response in Guinea. UN File Photo/Martine Perret

 

Coordination among partners leads to "timely" Ebola response in Guinea

The response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been a concerted effort between the UN and civil society, ensuring that help is "reaching the right people, in the right areas, in a timely fashion.” That’s according to Rosalia Gitau from the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, who's based in Guinea. Though this sounds like an easy feat, Ms Gitau says she has seen the challenges of supply chains which are not fully reliable and poor infrastructure which can impede the delivery of services. Siobhán Garside asked her for an update on the humanitarian response to Ebola in Guinea.

Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00

Filed under Ebola Outbreak, Women.
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