A letter to UNAIDS’ leadership

The following op-ed is adapted from a letter sent by Vuyiseka Dubula and 22 other leading women activists to the leadership of UNAIDS.

We write as African woman who have been involved in work to end AIDS and gender-based violence in the last few decades.  As activists, and women who are deeply committed to both ending AIDS and ending gender injustice, we have been saddened and angered to hear of the various cases of sexual harassment that have allegedly taken place at UNAIDS.  Many of us have worked closely with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé over the years, and with staff and colleagues across the agency in various offices on the African continent, as well as in Geneva.

We write now to express our view that Michel has mishandled the cases in a manner that is so profound that he must now step down.  If he does not step down, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) will have to make the decision to terminate his contract.

Read the rest of the letter here