The draft resolution, presented during the 43rd session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in May 2013, underscores the importance of human rights for people affected by HIV, and stresses the importance of a gender perspective to ensure the safety and rights of women and girls. Member states are urged to draft and enforce laws protecting human rights (especially for women and girls); bolster prevention of mother-to-child transmission; and meaningfully include people vulnerable to, living with, or affected by HIV in policymaking. Further suggestions are made to the General Secretariat to support member state goals.
The OAS includes in its membership all 35 independent states in the Americas. It is the primary juridical, political, and social governmental forum in the Western Hemisphere, and bases its work on its main pillars of security, democracy, development, and human rights.