GBV is the ugliest, most demeaning manifestation of gender inequality. Uruguay is a country that proves case in point that responding effectively to an issue as complex and deeply rooted as this requires so much more than services. It is also a question of changing cultures and mindsets.
Looking ahead to another World AIDS Day this Sunday - the 26th such occasion since the annual solidarity day was introduced - it seems to me that there is an urgent need to prioritise and involve young people in efforts to tackle the global HIV epidemic, and in particular those from marginalised groups who are most at risk.
When the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were set back in 2000, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) didn't even figure prominently; it wasn't until seven years later that it was recognized that the other goals to eradicate global poverty wouldn't be achieved without specific SRH targets.