Information on "Holding Leaders Accountable: Are Governments Fulfilling Their Commitments? A Discussion on how to Assess the Results and Start Improving the HIV/AIDS Response for Women" (Tuesday July 20 2010, from 14:30-18:00, in Mini Room 9) - presenting a tool designed to hold governments accountable for their lack of action in the response to women and to to stimulate dialogue on progress. Requesting your response and ideas...

Facilitated by Irene Guevara Harris from South Africa, this workshop will review how well governments respond to the specific needs and vulnerabilities of women in the context of HIV/AIDS, the leading cause of death and disease in women of reproductive age in Sub-Saharan Africa. The session will showcase an independent rating initiative - The AIDS Accountability Scorecard on Women - which identifies gaps between stated commitments by governments and key actors, and their actual performance. In addition to holding governments accountable for their lack of action in the response to women, the tool is designed to stimulate dialogue on progress and "best practices". Joint accountability efforts and politically relevant advocacy tools for the fulfillment of commitments will be presented and discussed. Participants will also be invited to join the AIDS Accountability Forum, a global network of experts promoting increased accountability and a bolder leadership in the response to the epidemic.

What questions or observations would you like the presenters to consider in this session? What observations or ideas do you have related to advancing positive action on this theme? Please engage through this forum; click on "submit a group post" and share your thoughts with us!