Welcome to the 22nd Edition of the ARASA Newsletter. 

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In this last edition for 2015, we look at the activities undertaken by ARASA and our partners during the last two quarters of 2015 including highlights from the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) held in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The fact that no speaker at the opening ceremony of ICASA represented people living with HIV or populations at higher risk of HIV provoked condemnation by ARASA, groups of people living with HIV and key populations as well as other civil society organisations for the silencing of communities affected by the disease.

Nothing about us without us. We will not be silenced. We stand in solidarity with African key populations – sex workers, men who have sex with men, trans-diverse persons, people who use drugs and people living with HIV in order to end AIDS,” they stated in a statement signed by 20 organisations and addressed to the President of the Society for AIDS in Africa and ICASA, the chair of the Organising Committee of ICASA as well as the Executive Director UNAIDS.

ARASA’s Director, Michaela Clayton presented on HIV and the law during a plenary of the conference. ARASA also hosted a pre-conference on Stigma and Discrimination and co-hosted a Human Rights Networking Zone with the AIDS Legal Network. Several staff members delivered poster presentations and oral sessions.

In this edition we also update you on the recently concluded 2015 Training of Trainers Programme as well as ARASA engagement with media professionals during the Highway Africa Conference hosted by Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa in August.

Should you have any questions, comments or contributions for future editions of the newsletter, please email ARASA Communications communications@arasa.info  

We wish you a peaceful holiday and look forward to continuing to collaborate with you in 2016!

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ARASA at ICASA

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ICASA pre-conference: Beyond Rhetoric – Strengthening Linkages to Address Stigma and Discrimination

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ICASA: Human Rights Networking Zone

ARASA, in partnership with the AIDS Legal Network (ALN) hosted the Human Rights Networking Zone at the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA) in Harare, Zimbabwe from 30 November to 4 December 2015.

ICASA pre-conference: Key Population Engagement

The Key Population pre-conference organised by AMSHER, Gender DynamiX, and African Sex Worker Alliance brought together sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender person from the three regional networks and organisations. There were also…

Training

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Highway Africa workshop

Highway Africa workshop:collaboration to address HIV ARASA staff co-facilitated two workshops at the Highway Africa media conference in Grahamstown held on 30 and 31st August this year.

Resources

Resources Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, HIV and Human Rights Advocacy Toolkit ARASA launched a Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, HIV and Human Rights Advocacy Toolkit on 3 August, 2015 during its 4th Annual LGBTI Knowledge-sharing and Ne…

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Upcoming events 2016

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