Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will host and facilitate an educational parallel event during the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. The discussion will center on methods to empower women and encourage them to take charge of their sexual health and well-being. The Sigma Gamma Rho A34Life HIV/AIDS Prevention Project presentation will take place March 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church Center in the Hardin Room, 777 U.N. Plaza.

The goals of the presentation are to educate participants on how to develop a replicable peer model train the trainer HIV/AIDS prevention program in their community and to create cross-cultural health education interventions. Attained data that will be provided was collected through years of research and training.

Sigma Gamma Rho was identified by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be a part of the Act Against AIDS Initiative in September 2010. Through this initiative, the sorority was awarded more than $500,000 in grant funding in a five-year cooperative agreement with the CDC to participate as a partner in the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI). Sigma Gamma Rho is the only national sorority to receive this grant funding focusing on HIV prevention.

“Sigma Gamma Rho has trained hundreds of people in 31 states to ensure HIV/AIDS awareness stays in the forefront in our communities. We have educated our members and neighbors across the country. This is a virus and disease that can be prevented if we know the facts,” said Bonita M. Herring, Sigma Gamma Rho international president. “We are sharing this information with attendees at the UN conference in hopes of developing more educational models for countries all over the world.”

Through the A34Life Initiative, Sigma Gamm Rho encourages you to ASK for more information about the causes, risks, prevention and treatment for HIV/AIDS as well as for the sexual history of your partner; ACCEPT responsibility for knowing your HIV status and reducing your risk; and ACT responsibly and in the best interest of yourself, your partners and the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS.

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