Ending gender inequalities Addressing the nexus of HIV, drug use, and violence with evidence-based action, April 12-13, 2016


Focus Areas: Health & Wellness Ending Gender Violence Educating Girls & Women

The RTI Global Gender Center held an action conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on April 12-13, 2016. The overarching goals of the conference, titled Ending Gender Inequalities: Addressing the Nexus of HIV, Drug Use, and Violence with Evidence-Based Action, were to facilitate networking and to establish new collaborations, to broaden understanding of evidence-based science, and to address the challenges and solutions needed to scale up effective programs. Nearly 30 countries were represented, with 246 in-person attendees and 75 attending via live global streaming. The conference brought together leading gender experts, civil society members, policymakers, survivors, implementing partners, and students from around the world with the passion and commitment to make a difference in ending gender inequalities. These proceedings summarize the 13 plenary speakers and panelists who shared their expertise on HIV, drug use, gender-based violence, campus sexual assault, policy and funding, and the need to scale up effective programs. Nine breakout sessions featured 29 talks on evidence-based research at the nexus of HIV, drug use, and gender-based violence. Additionally, 55 posters were presented. The conference concluded with actionable future steps that include priority areas and suggestions for scaling up globally.

Wechsberg, W., Anderson, S., & Howard, B. N. (Eds.) (2017). Ending gender inequalities: Addressing the nexus of HIV, drug use, and violence with evidence-based action, April 12-13, 2016. (RTI Press Publication No. CP-0003-1704). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press. DOI: 10.3768/rtipress.2017.cp.0003.1704


Wendee Wechsberg

“We must listen to the communities, the local people, to understand culturally what is going to fit and what is going to be the language of the research, and not just say we know what to do here.”

Stephanie Hawkins Anderson

“We owe it to the children in this county to ensure that their learning environments are safe and that they have a fair chance for academic success."

Felicia Browne

"I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work on applied, gender-focused projects in the community in which I grew up, in hopes of having an impact on HIV, STIs and other health outcomes among African-American adolescent girls and young women."