Thousands of African girls and women are contracting HIV every day – because they’re not able to choose what happens to their bodies. If we’re to end the HIV epidemic, we must end gender inequality.

In sub-Saharan Africa, gender-based violence is fuelling a sharp rise in HIV among adolescent girls and young women aged 10 to 24.  

Those who are raped, abused or forced into relationships or marriage are three times more likely to get HIV. The risk doubles for those who experience violence at the hands of their partner. In many cases, a girl’s first sexual experience will not happen by choice. 

The world’s Global Goal on gender equality (SDG5) demands that we end all violence against women and girls. It’s time for her to decide. For her human rights to be honoured. For her voice to be heard. 

Will you add your voice to hers – and in doing so, empower all girls and young women?

How you can take action now

The #READYtoDecide campaign supports READY: a youth-led movement that mobilises young people globally to demand their right to a healthy life – whatever their circumstances, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The campaign is run with the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+) and also supports SheDecides, a global movement promoting the rights of girls and women.

‘Like’ the READY Facebook page

Demand equality for girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

Stand with girls and young women

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Follow #READYtoDecide during these global events, as we share stories of those affected by gender-based violence.
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SheDecides Day

Harnessing the global movement to ensure all girls and young women realise their right to health. Without question.

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International Women’s Day

Recognising the role of young people to promote the rights of girls and women to a life free of gender-based violence.

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UN Commission on the Status of Women

Empowering young female leaders to advocate for gender equality at the world’s biggest convention on women in New York.

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AIDS 2018

Helping to ensure young people’s voices are heard at the biennial global forum on AIDS, this year in the Netherlands.

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Stories and further reading

Empower girls, end the HIV epidemic

Add your voice to the READY movement, so together we can:

End gender inequality.
End gender-based violence.
End the HIV epidemic.