BEYOND RHETORIC: Strengthening Linkages to Address HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination

Posted by ARASA on December 9, 2015


29 November 2015

AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa, SAfAIDS, Zimbabwe Network of People Living with HIV, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, Sexual Rights Centre and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights hosted the "Beyond Rhetoric: Strengthening Linkages to Address HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination" Pre-conference at the Bronte Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe ahead of the ICASA Conference.

The pre-conference convened 71 participants from Africa and beyond to explore how to scale up successful evidence-informed interventions to address stigma and discrimination in the HIV response in sub-Saharan Africa.

The outcome of this pre-conference is statement that documents our consensus on the status of stigma and discrimination in sub-Saharan Africa. It also puts forward recommendations on effective interventions. The statement forms the basis of regional advocacy targeted at decision makers as well as other potential influencers in 2016 and beyond.

Also available are presentations by Nqobani Nyathi on the Sexual Rights Centre paralegal programme and access to justice for sex workers in Zimbabwe and Jennifer Gatsi-Mallet from Namibia Women’s Health Network on Forced sterilization in Namibia: Tracking a Campaign 2008-2015.