Protecting the rights of key HIV affected women and girls in healthcare settings: a legal scan (regional report, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal)

Women of Asia Pacific Plus, APN Plus Positive Change, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in Law (SAARCLAW), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

TOOL DESCRIPTION


Aim:
To identify existing protective laws (including constitutional provisions) and legal mechanisms for seeking protection or redress for violations of rights of key HIV affected women and girls (KAWG) in health care settings; To document rights violations experienced by KAWG in health care settings; To document selected court rulings on violations of rights of KAWG in health care settings; To document cases where KAWG have been able to access justice for violations of rights in health care settings through legal mechanisms; To identify gaps in laws and legal mechanisms that protect KAWG from such violations; To develop recommendations for governments, the legal sector, health care institutions, and SAARCLAW for actions to be taken to improve the legal environment in order to protect the rights of KAWG in health care settings.

Type of Document:
Regional report focused on analysis of protections in legal frameworks against discrimination, violence and rights abuses faced by women and girls in healthcare settings.

Audience Intended:
SAARCLAW chapters and other institutions, researchers, governments, advocacy groups.

Population Experiencing Stigma and/or Discrimination:
Women and girls affected by HIV.

Stigma and/or Discrimination:
Both–greater focus on discrimination.

Assess and/or Address:
Both (assessment of legal environment but also recommendations).

Implementation:
N/A

Comments:
Discrete focus on discrimination and other legally actionable issues (e.g. many forms of violence).


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