deputy prime ministere thokozani khupe 04-10-10.jpgAfrican governments have been urged to accelerate action on existing international treaties that address issues of HIV and AIDS among women and children to ensure that there are no new HIV infections.

The call was made at a meeting by the Global Power Women Network Africa (GPWNA) in Harare where it was agreed that gender inequality puts women and girls at high risk to HIV infections.

Addressing GPWNA executives from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi among other African countries, Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe, who is also the president of the organisation, said it is important for all African governments to accelerate action on existing international treaties to ensure that no new HIV infections are recorded in member countries.

GPWNA Secretary General, Lediana Mafuru Mugongo of Malawi said there is need for continued increase of awareness on issues of HIV and AIDS to women and young girls.

The organisation also took the opportunity to announce the inaugural and launch of their conference to be held from the 28th to 31st March 2012 in the Victoria Falls under the theme “Getting to Zero”.

The theme emphasises the need for zero tolerance to new HIV infections, zero tolerance to mother-to-child-transmission and most importantly zero tolerance to gender-based violence.