People hold signs and balloons as they participate in the AIDS March in Washington on Sunday.
Hundreds of women and men marched today in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. The group spilled out into the streets from the 19th annual International AIDS Conference, currently underway downtown.
Among the marchers are representatives from the Women's Collective of Washington D.C., a group that has worked with more than 1,000 women and their families in D.C. Also represented are groups like The Feminist Majority and the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (Act Up).
One group of protesters is asking for an end to name-brand drugs for HIV and AIDS
treatment. They want the drugs made generic, so that more people can gain affordable access. Meanwhile, in front of the Bank of America,
hundreds of other protesters are calling for the implementation of a
Robin Hood tax to fund more
research into the HIV problem.
While they represented a wide number of groups, the marchers were unified in their call for an increase in government resources to be used to end the scourge of HIV and AIDS.
A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.
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