22 January 2018 - On Wednesday, January 17 the USAID SHIFT project joined with the Vietnam Authority for HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC) and UN Women to host a dissemination event in Hanoi. The gathering served to share findings from a joint UN-VAAC gender assessment of the country’s HIV response, and promulgate action to address identified gaps. These include limitations in HIV stakeholders’ awareness and understanding of the role of gender in HIV, in the country’s collection and analysis of HIV service data by gender,  and in interventions that tackle gender disparities in HIV risks and services. Upon learning of the event, Nobel prize winner Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi requested to participate and agreed to serve as the forum’s keynote speaker. The event served not only to share assessment results, but to prompt critical discussion on the role that HIV stakeholders must take to address harmful gender norms and overcome gender-related barriers in HIV in Vietnam. USAID SHIFT was invited to serve as a co-convener thanks to USAID’s recognized commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment and the SHIFT project’s mandate to strengthen national and provincial HIV stakeholder capacity to achieve epidemic control. Participants are now better informed and motivated to jointly tackle gender gaps in the country’s HIV response.