The overarching theme of the Ending Gender Inequalities: Evidence to Impact 2018 conference was reflected in the infectious enthusiasm and hopeful energy that permeated the testimonials given by the keynote speakers, panelists and courageous delegates, which evoked powerful emotions.
On the first day of the conference, the keynote speakers engaged the audience and prompted discussions on the multiple facets of gender inequality and how we can tackle challenges to reduce gender inequality globally. Some key issues that perpetuate and exacerbate gender inequality include HIV and HIV stigma, gender-based violence (GBV), and limited access to healthcare and education. Additionally, the use of alcohol and other drugs can influence the decision-making capabilities of both men and women, which can lead to decreased adherence to HIV treatment and increased intimate partner violence (IPV), GBV, rape, risky behavior, and HIV transmission.
Conference delegates also gathered information and discussed our shared responsibility to use efficacious strategies and tools to reduce gender inequalities. We realized the necessity for additional evidence-based research to gather more data globally and to implement interventions more efficiently to address the needs of women and men, adolescents, survivors of human trafficking, individuals living with HIV, and LGBTQ populations.
The principal goals of the conference were to welcome every delegate into our global network of researchers, policymakers, civil society, students, and stakeholders among the many passionate individuals who are part of the fight for gender
equality; to inspire differing perspectives; to increase knowledge and understanding; and to foster collaborations that will create impactful change in local communities and globally.
Priority areas discussed throughout the conference included:
• Developing sustainable macro-level and micro-level funding by using an intersectoral and multisectoral approach.
• Addressing the challenges, barriers, and effects of GBV, IPV, female genital mutilation (FGM), and rape research on intervention implementation with women, children, and communities.
• Discussing the effects of alcohol and other drug use on HIV transmission, adherence to HIV treatment, GBV, contraception use, and risky behaviors.
• Addressing cultural norms, child marriage, gender identity issues, and violence among key populations.
• Discussing structural interventions that increase women’s empowerment and access to education and sexual and reproductive healthcare services.
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