Human Rights, Gender, and Infectious Disease: From HIV/AIDS to Ebola

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The HIV/AIDS, Ebola and Zika crises have revealed that infectious disease does not affect all global citizens equally. Among the many factors at play in making some people more vulnerable than others are human rights and gender equality. Using HIV as an example of how the unequal effects of infectious disease are often embedded in issues of gender and human rights, Professor Sofia Gruskin and co-authors published the article “Human Rights, Gender and Infectious Disease: From HIV/AIDS to Ebola” in Human Rights Quarterly.

The article examines the recent Ebola outbreak and how it demonstrates that the promotion and protection of human rights, inclusive of a gender perspective, should underpin interventions from the outset to more effectively respond to Ebola and all public health crises.

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Authors: Lara Stemple, Portia Karegeya, Sofia Gruskin
Published By: Human Rights Quarterly 
Date: November 2016
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