Beyond rhetoric: Civil society statement on strengthening linkages to address stigma and discrimination in sub-Saharan Africa

Posted by ARASA on December 2, 2015

On 29 November, 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 stigma and discrimination" at the Bronte Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe on Sunday 29 November, 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 statement below is an outcome of this pre-conference and documents our consensus on the status of stigma and discrimination in sub-Saharan Africa. It also puts forward recommendations on effective interventions in regards to: 
- Documenting evidence of stigma and discrimination for advocacy;
- Anti-stigma interventions at community level;
- Addressing stigma and discrimination in service delivery; 
- Laws, policies and access to justice; and 
- Anti-stigma campaigns and working with the media to address stigma

The recommendations will form the basis of regional advocacy targeted at decision makers as well as other potential influencers in 2016 and beyond.