2014 Summit Concurrent Session: Addressing violence against criminalized women: at the intersection of access to justice and HIV
Gender based violence (GBV) is documented to be one of the main barriers to access HIV and other health services for marginalized women. However, criminalized status effectively bans women who use drugs, sex workers and transgender persons from accessing safety, justice and essential health services. A complex set of health and human rights issues that exist at the intersection of criminalization and GBV remain largely invisible and unaddressed, both at the level of service delivery and at the level of advocacy to improve policy and legal frameworks. The session, organized by Open Society Foundations (OSF), will discuss ways to bridge this service and policy gap. The panelists including a community activist, a researcher, program implementer and human rights lawyer will talk about the specific needs of criminalized women relating to GBV and health, and showcase interventions that have proved effective to address this emergent issue.
Moderator: Olga Rychkova, Open Society Foundations. Panelists: Louisa Gilbert, Global Health Research Center in Central Asia (Columbia University); Syinat Sultanalieva, Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN); Mikhail Golichenko, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network; and Melanie Croce-Galis, What Works Association.