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AIDS 2002 / Women's Bill of Rights - 2002-07-18

The 14th International AIDS Conference in Barcelona has produced a women's Bill of Rights. The plan calls for more action on what's described as "the cataclysmic gender gap."

The women's Bill of Rights calls for a "shift in the scientific and advocacy agenda" to make women a top priority in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It says if that's not done, there could be "genocide of a generation of women and girls."

The Bill of Rights says women have the right to: live with dignity and integrity, to health care, safety, and the freedom from fear of physical and sexual violence.

It also calls for the right to sexual autonomy, education and economic independence.

The latest studies show women and young girls are far more likely to be infected with HIV than men - something a top World Health Organization official calls "biological sexism."