A Walk to Observe HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The Office on Women’s Health of the Department of Health and Human Services held their second annual walk-a-thon last Thursday, March 10th to observe the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD).  The festivities began in the late morning as the participants assembled at the Sylvan Theater on the National Mall across from the Washington Monument.  The pre-walk program included a phenomenal performance by the Eastern High School band from Northeast Washington, D.C., accompanied by their fabulous cheerleaders.  The band and cheerleaders led the walk along Independence Avenue to the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Southwest Washington.  Guided by the police cruiser, the crowd stopped traffic as they marched and cheered in response to honks of support and thumbs up from vehicles that passed the procession.  At the HHS headquarters at 200 Independence Avenue, SW, the crowd listened to several speakers, while free condoms were passed out, and the Walker Whitman Clinic offered free HIV testing during the program.

Every year on March 10th, and throughout the month of March, federal, national, and community organizations come together to show support for women and girls impacted by HIV and AIDS. This year marks the 11th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

HHS Walk Flyer with Group

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, along with Inter-African Committee (IAC-USA) and the Women’s Health Coalition joined the walk-a-thon.  As you are aware, HIV is one of the many health risks as a result of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); therefore the presence of anti-FGM/C activists was very much in line with the campaign to end FGM/C.

The theme of the day this year was “The Best Defense Is a Good Offense”.  The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) wants to empower women and girls to make the best choices when it comes to sex.  They promote abstinence, which is the surest way but realistically, if girls decide to engage in a sexual encounter, there are effective steps they can take to protect themselves from HIV.  One of the speakers made the point that even though she has dated the same man for the past fifteen years, she still gets tested.

According to the Office of Women’s Health, about one in four people living with HIV in the United States is female. Only about half of women living with HIV are getting care, and only four in 10 of them have the virus under control. Women face unique HIV risks and challenges that can prevent them from getting needed care and treatment.

Angela and Sherelle Carper at the OWH Walk

For more information on women’s health, including female genital mutilation/cutting and HIV/AIDS, visit www.girlshealth.gov and www.womenshealth.gov.

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Two Arrested at Heathrow over Suspected Female Genital Mutilation

The following story was originally carried in The Guardian paper.

A man and woman were arrested in connection with the suspected genital mutilation of a girl in London, England. The man and woman were taken into custody after a south London school raised concerns that one of its students had been taken abroad.

A 49-year-old woman was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport after she arrived on a flight from Nairobi, Kenya, at 5:00am last Wednesday. She was accompanied by an eight-year-old girl who was then placed in protective care, according to Scotland Yard.

A spokesman for the London Metropolitan Police refused to confirm whether the child travelling with the woman was the suspected victim of FGM perpetrated overseas.

A 45-year-old man, who was not on the flight, was also arrested at the airport. The suspects were taken into custody at a south London Police Station on suspicion of helping a foreign national to commit FGM overseas.

The pair was arrested after an application for a FGM prevention order from the Camberwell child abuse investigation team.

Police were alerted after a south London school raised concern that one of its students had failed to attend school and was believed to have been taken to Somalia.  For more on this story, see the link below.


Weekly Word-Scramble

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Can you unscramble the following five words?

This Week’s Scrambled Words







Last Week’s Scrambled Words                               Last Week’s Unscrambled Words

RUEPOE                                                                                EUROPE

TINERTINLAONA                                                              INTERNATIONAL

NEMWO’S YDA (2 WORDS)                                            WOMEN’S DAY

ENTPAL 05-05 (1 WORD + NUMBERS)                       PLANET 50-50

EDNTUI TANNOIS (2 WORDS)                                      UNITED NATIONS

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