Helene Gayle, Laura Bush and Aung San Suu Kyi speak at AIDS Conference today


Today at 1pm at the XIX International AIDS Conference in D.C, CARE CEO & President Helene Gayle is co-chairing a session titled "Leadership in the AIDS Response for Women".

This high-level special session is on leadership in the HIV response, with a focus on the critical role of leadership in improving the HIV response for women, their families, and their communities. The panel will consider an 'AIDS-Free Generation' and how that key shared goal cannot be reached without the empowerment of women at local, community, national,and international levels. Speakers will address topics such as the centrality of democracy and human rights in the HIV response, and the powerful synergies of linking HIV efforts to other important health efforts for women, including breast and cervical cancer.

Leading the panel with Dr. Gayle isGracia Violeta Ross Quiroga, an expert on sexual and reproductive health rights and the founder of Bolivia's first advocacy organization for people with HIV.

Joining them on the panel are former First Lady Laura Bush (who was in the news yesterday defending U.S. foreign assistance) and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi (who's in the news pretty much every day).

"But I'm not in D.C.," you say.

I had a feeling you'd say that.

The discussion will be streamed online. Look for the "Media Widget" on the conference home page.