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To promote understanding, knowledge sharing, and action on HIV/AIDS as a gender equality and human rights issue, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), with support from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), has developed a Gender and HIV/AIDS Electronic Library to provide up-to-date information on the gender dimensions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

The Electronic Library, contained in a CD-ROM format, is based on UNIFEM's Gender and HIV/AIDS Web Portal and compiles resources produced by a variety of organisations working on HIV/AIDS, including research and studies; training resources and tools; and multimedia advocacy materials. All information can be searched and retrieved using a variety of criteria. The Library is intended to be a useful resource for academics, policymakers, practitioners, journalists, students and others interested in the gender dimensions of the epidemic. 

In addition, resources are complemented by a feature called the "e-Course Builder" that allows users to create and edit a tailored electronic course or report in HTML format, drawing from the materials contained in the CD-ROM.

Topic areas included in the CD-ROM are:
  • Gender Mainstreaming and HIV/AIDS
  • Gender, Sexuality and Power Relations
  • Gender, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS
  • Prevention, Treatment and Care
  • Legislation and Policy
  • Adolescents and Youth
  • Gender, HIV/AIDS, and Conflict
  • Stigma and Discrimination
  • Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS
  • The Care Economy and Women's Unpaid Work
  • HIV/AIDS in the Workplace
  • Men and Masculinities
  • People Living with HIV/AIDS

Email from Nazneen Damji to The Communication Initiative, June 8 2005.