Calls for UN agency for women.

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A UN panel has endorsed a suggestion by Stephen Lewis, the UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, to create an agency that focuses solely on women. On World AIDS Day, Lewis said that HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects women and a well-funded, influential agency could help reduce the prevalence of the disease among women.

The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer supports the suggestion to merge three UN bodies, including UNIFEM, in order to form a single, powerful agency, according to UN News Service. "We strongly hope...

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