A day after women were celebrated all over the world, this scary report has come to put sand sand in the garri of the celebration.

The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Wednesday says one million women and girls became newly infected with HIV and

470,000 women and girls died of AIDS-related illnesses.

UNAIDS made the disclosure in a new report released to commemorate the International Women’s Day.

It said that there is urgent need to scale up HIV prevention and treatment services for women and girls.

The report, “When Women Lead, Change Happens’’ shows that globally in 2015, there were 18.6 million women and girls living with HIV.

“One million women and girls became newly infected with HIV and 470, 000 women and girls died of AIDS-related illnesses.

“Nearly one million women are becoming infected with HIV every year and only half of all women living with HIV have access to lifesaving treatment.

“It makes AIDS now the leading cause of death worldwide among women between the ages of 30 and 49.

“Women are leading change in increasing demand for and access to HIV and health services.

“This movement needs to grow to allow families to thrive, societies to flourish and economies to progress.

“Women’s rights are human rights – no exceptions,” Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, also the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, has said.