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  • Remarks for Feng Cheng
    Social Good Summit Beijing Forum 2012, September 24,  Tsinghua University

    Hello everyone. It is my honor to have been invited to participate in this summit, and I am very happy to have the opportunity to discuss with all of you the impact of new media on the field of public service. Like everyone else, I’m a great fan of new media technology – over the last several years I’ve been shocked, and of course very excited, to see the impact of new media on the development of public service activities.

    FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization. Our staff members work in more than 60 countries around the world in fields including health, nutrition, education, economic development environmental protection and more. We believe that looking at issues that affect people’s lives from multiple perspectives leads to greater and more lasting impact. Our logo clearly expresses our faith in the ability of science to improve lives.

    The creation and dissemination of new media technologies has provided us with broad, open and participatory platforms which have already become an integral part of all of our lives and therefore, an integral part of our approach to human development. New media are changing the way people live, and the way we communicate with them, in ways that we could not have imagined in the past. In China, new media have already become an important tool in HIV prevention and treatment work.

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  • On July 14, 2012, U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer, made a special visit to the SMARTgirl project in Cambodia, a USAID PRASIT project initiative, led by FHI 360. SMARTgirl aims to prevent and mitigate the impact of HIV and improve the sexual and reproductive health of entertainment workers, many of whom are sex workers. There are an estimated 35,000 entertainment workers in Cambodia, working at night clubs, bars, massage parlors, karaoke clubs (KTV), restaurants, beer gardens, as well as on the street. Prevalence of HIV is as high as 14 percent, among some groups of entertainment workers.

    SMARTgirl stands apart from other programming among entertainment workers in Cambodia because of its positive, non-stigmatizing approach. It combines evidence-based interventions with the strong SMARTgirl brand, which empowers women to protect their health and well-being. SMARTgirl reaches nearly half of all EWs in Cambodia in their workplace, because it treats them respectfully, recognizes what is important to them and improves health-seeking behavior by raising self-esteem.

    SMARTgirl is one of a number of projects that validates what the international community and national leaders have been emphasizing for more than a decade— that empowering women and girls are vital components of human development. Since coming into office, U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, as well as Ambassador Verveer, have continually underscored the importance of integrating these issues into Department of State foreign policy objectives.

    During Secretary Clinton’s recent ASEAN development meeting in Phnom Penh, she was influential in integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment into the Lower Mekong Initiative agenda. In a statement, she emphasized the importance of reproductive rights for achieving gender equality; an area that the innovative FHI 360 SMARTgirl program has been integrating into its HIV mitigation program:

    “Reproductive rights are among the most basic of human rights. … Millions of women and young people in developing countries don’t have access to information to plan their family. They don’t have health services and modern methods of contraception. This is not only a violation of their right…it’s also a question of equity as women everywhere should have the same ability to determine this fundamental part of their lives.”

    As this short video on SMARTgirl reveals, the women in the program feel inspired, often for the first time. They see themselves as “smart girls”– women who are empowered to change their lives, and educate others about health issues and rights.

    Says Kheng, “Before I became a SMARTgirl leader, I used to face issues on my own, … but we have the right to help each other and we have to participate in the community where we live.”

    Read more stories from participants in FHI 360’s SMARTgirl program.

  • Challenges and opportunities for preventing HIV in women by using ARVs were highlighted at this FHI 360 forum.

    Supporting Documents

    PowerPoint: by Lori Heise
    A Day of Promise, A Day of Reckoning: Making ARV-based prevention work for women

    PowerPoint: by Elizabeth Tolley
    Planning for PrEP with Women in Mind: Why targeting the “Most-at-Risk” is likely to miss Most Women at Risk

    PowerPoint: by Nduku Kilonzo
    Women and ARVs for HIV prevention: What do we need to think about?

    PowerPoint: by Dazon Dixon Diallo
    Social, Structural, and Historical Dimensions of Integrating ARV-Based HIV Prevention into the Lives of African-American and Other Minority Women in the United States

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    Lori Heise
    Executive Director, Structural Driver of HIV Research Consortium
    Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Chair

    Kathleen M. MacQueen
    Senior Scientist, Behavioral & Social Sciences
    FHI 360

    Suzanne Leclerc-Mandala
    Senior Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS, Global Health Bureau

    Introductory remarks
    Timothy D. Mastro
    Vice President, Health and Development Sciences
    FHI 360

    Opening and closing remarks
    Kathleen M. MacQueen
    PhD, Forum Chair
    Senior Scientist, Behavioral & Social Sciences
    FHI 360

    Elizabeth Tolley
    Senior Scientist, Behavioral & Social Sciences
    FHI 360

    Nduku Kilonzo
    Executive Director
    Liverpool VCT, Care and Treatment, Kenya

    Dazon Dixon Diallo
    Founder, President
    Sisterlove, Inc., Atlanta, GA