Malawi faces a daunting task to reduce the prevalence of HIV and Aids because it is not fully employing gender and human rights approaches in tackling the pandemic, the Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC) has said.
MHRRC capacity development manager Mercy Mankhambera made the remarks in Blantyre on Thursday during the training of chiefs from the Southern Region on strategies that increase women participation as well as scale down stigma and discrimination.
Based on a booklet, Gender Mainstreaming: Human Rights Based Approach to HIV and Aids Advocacy, the new ways recommend inclusive participatory approaches
â€œNearly 30 years after the first case of HIV and Aids was discovered, the prevalence is not falling as fast as we would have loved. It is not easy to get to zero unless we realise and utilise the linkages between the pandemic and human rights. This is a human rights and gender issue,â€ said Mankhambera.