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Women, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights

Skills Building Workshop held in Toronto August 14-17, 2006.

In 2006, the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme, along with several partner organizations,* hosted a Women, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Skills Building Workshop Series at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.  The Skills Building Workshop Series, which took place during the XVI International AIDS Conference, was designed to enable participants to frame the neglect and marginalization of women's needs and circumstances in the context of HIV/AIDS as not simply poor health and social policy, but as violations of women's human rights.  The Series further addressed collaborative legal and political approaches to hold state and non-state actors accountable for the violation of women's rights in the clinical, health systems and underlying socio-economic contexts.


The Women, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Syllabus was originally distributed to participants of the Skills Building Workshop Series.  It was re-structured and updated in December 2007, and again in April 2008 by Pei Li, a Pro Bono Students Canada volunteer working under the supervision of Fellow Simone Cusack, to reflect developments in reports, articles, and case law.  As a project of this nature is always evolving, the Syllabus is not intended to be exhaustive.

Advocacy and educational organizations are encouraged to adopt and adapt these materials for their teaching and skills-building purposes. 

* Partner organizations were:


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