Girls and young women in Sub-Saharan Africa experience high rates of sexual violence and are disproportionately affected by HIV. Data from the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS) shows that experiencing sexual violence — both directly and indirectly — increases the risk of contracting HIV. Learn about the intersection of these two issues in this fact sheet, produced in collaboration with PEPFAR.
Explore this summary report on the Together for Girls experts meeting with key partners working to combat violence against children (VAC) from the fields of human rights, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women (VAW).
The World AIDS Day 2021 theme is “End Inequality. End AIDS. End Pandemics.” By ending gender inequality and the silent pandemic of sexual violence against children and adolescents, we can create a safer, AIDS-free future.