Lois Chingandu, Director: External Relations
"I am a Gender and HIV activist and have worked for over 25 years in Africa and globally, to end HIV, and to ensure women and girls have access to comprehensive SRHR information and services. I have worked to unlock policy and socio-cultural barriers that impede women from accessing SRHR, including the right to safe abortion. The SheDecides movement speaks to the work I have spent most of my life championing and now, more than ever, we must come together to uphold, protect, and advance the rights of women and girls in all their diversity."
Why is bodily autonomy a priority for Frontline AIDS? What other issues are a priority?
Frontline AIDS’ vision is for a world where people living with and most affected by HIV can lead long, healthy, dignified and productive lives, free from stigma, discrimination and violence. Working with partners across 100 countries, we promote bodily autonomy, gender equality and health and human rights advocacy and programming, in an effort to ensure young people, including young key populations, have access to SRHR, human rights and HIV services and information.
Frontline AIDS is the largest global partnership of civil society and community-led organisations working together to end AIDS. We support and undertake advocacy at the community, national, regional and global levels, aimed at increasing access to HIV and SRHR services and to advancing the health, human rights and leadership of women and girls, young people and key populations.
Leveraging the power of our global partnership to speak out in support of bodily autonomy and gender equality (ongoing)
We remain firmly opposed to the Mexico City Policy. Our research from 2018 shows how the reinstatement of this policy disrupted HIV/SRHR programmes and compromised access to services, with a significant impact on the most marginalised.
The overturn of Roe vs Wade reignites these concerns. We fear this development could see our partners - once again - being forced to make impossible choices between providing abortion-related care and human rights-based SRH services, and risking being refused US funding for HIV prevention and treatment. It also sets a worrying precedent for other countries and opens the door to a revocation of other hard-won gains on civil rights, including same sex marriage legislation.
We will continue to be vocal, taking coordinated action to counter these narratives, and advance support for bodily autonomy, human rights and SRHR.
Reversing Roe vs Wade: Global Health Ramifications (October 2022) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlmcLC2N4ww
Roe vs Wade and what it means for HIV (Oct 2022) https://frontlineaids.org/roevs-wade-and-what-it-means-for-hiv/Early Warning Signs
Driving community-led accountability for global HIV prevention targets and goals (2017- present)
Frontline AIDS is supporting diverse, community led coalitions in 7 countries to collectively hold governments to account on the global targets, as outlined in the 2021 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS and the 2025 Global HIV prevention Road Map.
Nationally, we’re supporting partners to generate community-led data and track progress against the 10 Actions in the 2025 Road Map, with a strong emphasis on addressing structural barriers, including addressing harmful gender norms, tackling GBV and creating more enabling environments. We are also using our voice within the Global HIV Prevention Coalition to catalyze change – especially around the 10-10-10 targets (which speak directly to bodily autonomy).Quality of national HIV prevention efforts