Empowerment is a process through which people gain control over their own lives; it has been associated with improvement in health and development outcomes.
Sexual empowerment primarily addresses issues associated with the individual woman and her interpersonal relationships with her partner. It mainly relates to “power within” that is, self-confidence, a sense of self-worth and assertiveness, perception of the right to self-determination, and the confidence to act to attain the desired change in sexual relations.
It has widely been recognized that gender inequality is a major barrier to women achieving the highest possible attainable standards of health, and that women had unequal opportunities to protect their health and well-being. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action recognized fundamentally that the human rights of women include their right to assume control over matters related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, free of coercion, discrimination and violence, and it represents the core of UNAIDS’ commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic. Ensuring that women and girls are empowered to protect themselves from HIV, to make decisions about their own health and to live free of violence, including violence related to their HIV status, will be crucial to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
“pe atye kena” would engage the community in the HIV prevention strategies on women