Monday, August 14, 2006

Gates pushes "empowering women" blasts abstinence-only

Hope you are all watching the news coverage of the conference.

Bill Gates opened the meeting last night in the Rodgers Stadium with a talk on empowering women and blasting abstinence-only approaches supported by the US.

Here's an excerpt from Canada's National Post:

In a swipe at controversial U.S. AIDS-funding policies that encourage abstinence and discourage drug use and prostitution, they said prevention requires distributing more condoms, working with sex-trade workers and giving addicts clean needles.

"We need tools that will allow women to protect themselves," Mr. Gates said in a speech to some of the 24,000 delegates to the International AIDS Conference.

"This is true whether the woman is a faithful mother of small children or a sex worker trying to scrape out a living in a slum. No matter where she lives, who she is or what she does, a woman should never need her partner's permission to save her own life."

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