Paula Donovan

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Paula Donovan
Former employment:
Current employment:
AIDS Free World
Stephen H. Lewis
Self described:
Womens Activist / Feminist
Routine Infant Circumcision

Paula Donovan is an American women's rights activist that strongly promotes infant male circumcision.[1]

Donovan previously served as a Senior Advisor in the office of the United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa and is a 20-year veteran of international development, women's rights and HIV/AIDS.[2] In the early '90s, she worked at UNICEF and ran the global advocacy campaign for breastfeeding. Later, she became chief aide to UNICEF's deputy executive director, and spent four years in Kenya as East and Southern Africa's Regional AIDS advisor for UNICEF.[3]


Stephen Lewis: on Paula Donovan
She [Paula Donovan] realized that male circumcision was a good preventative way to slow the spread of AIDS. So she took that analysis further. She suggested to the male leadership in Nairobi, that UNICEF propose that circumcision accompany the regular process of immunization of infants... Paula was easily 10 years ahead of her time, because that's exactly what's being discussed in several countries now... and what did the UNICEF hierarchy do at the time? They grabbed their genitals in protective embrace and laughed it off like only male sexists can laugh things off. ...the UN took more than a decade to see male circumcision for the inspired preventative technology that it is.
– Lewis, S. (Youtube)[1]

UN General Assembly

Her efforts resulted in the UN General Assembly passing a resolution which supported a new consolidated body – to be headed by an under-secretary-general – to deal with issues concerning women.[4] The resolution merged the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW).[5]

AIDS Free World

AIDS-Free World is an international advocacy organization with a small staff that works virtually from a dozen locations in the US and Canada, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe.[6] Co-Directors Paula Donovan and Stephen H. Lewis founded AIDS-Free World in 2007.[6][1]

See also

  • UNICEF -- Donovan worked at UNICEF.
  • Stephen H. Lewis -- Benefactor of Donovan. Headed UNAIDS, promotes infant circumcision.

External links


  1. a b c REFweb Lewis, Stephen (6 January 2010). YouTube: AIDSFreeWorld: Male Circumcision, part 1 [YouTube: AIDSFreeWorld: Männliche Beschneidung, Teil 1] (Englisch). Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  2. The Salem Award: Paula Donovan
  3. Fairfield University: Paula Donovan
  4. Behind the U.N. hoopla, a new agency for women emerges
  5. UN to Establish Single New Agency to Deal with Rights of Women
  6. a b REFweb AIDS Free World. Who We Are - AIDS Free World. Retrieved 28 October 2011.