In June, HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE Steering Committee members, GNP+ and HIV Justice Network, met with UN co-sponsors and other civil society organisations from around the world for a face-to-face meeting in Geneva of co-leads and co-conveners of the Global Partnership for Action to Eliminate All forms of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination in order take stock on the progress establishing the partnership and to agree on a package of programmatic interventions and list of focus countries.
The partnership creates an opportunity to harness the combined power of governments, civil society, bilateral and multilateral donors, academia and the United Nations to consign HIV-related stigma and discrimination to history. Building on the commitments that countries have made as signatories to international conventions, as well as pledges at regional and national levels, the global partnership will support countries to translate those promises into policy changes, programmes and practices that realize HIV-related rights.
Based on the recommendations provided by civil society organizations and global networks of people living with HIV and key populations, the partnership will initially focus on health-care, education, workplace, legal and justice, family and community and emergency and humanitarian settings.
Programmes to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination will focus on the people being left behind in the HIV response, including people living with HIV, key populations, indigenous populations, prisoners and other incarcerated people, migrants, and women and girls, particularly adolescent girls and young women.
The work continues…