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Finding a Collective Voice for the Plenary Stage

Posted 28 juillet 2012, 02:30 , by Guest

By Cheryl Overs, Senior Research Fellow, Michael Kirby Centre, Monash University

Last year I was refused boarding at Heathrow to go to the U.S., seemingly because there was information “on the system” that said I was a person of moral turpitude. I say seemingly because I don’t really know. U.S. immigration doesn’t explain its decisions. What we do know is that anyone who has worked in the sex industry, even in a legal capacity and even decades ago can be prohibited from entering the U.S. That is enough to make it very dangerous for sex workers to come to the International AIDS Conference by obtaining a visa without admitting to having been involved in the sex industry. So we hatched the idea of a conference hub in Kolkata, amid much debate about the politics of compromise. Those debates will no doubt continue through the conference, and I was delighted to be invited to give a plenary presentation to contribute to them. I am also pleased to have had a visa granted, because I am a person of high moral standing on any analysis and any slur on that is difficult to live with.  More...

Getting to the heart of the matter: People, Systems and Change

Posted 13 juillet 2012, 08:11 , by Guest

By Daniel A. Townsend, International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) Programme Officer

I have always been sensitive to euphemisms and narratives, especially those which, when used correctly, capture a moment that creates further momentum and progress in responding to an issue.

On the theme of this year’s International AIDS Conference, Turning the Tide Together, I will admit I am slightly indifferent. This is not to say that is not a bold and powerful statement.  It strikes an authoritative tone and it could be exactly the kind of get-it-together-now message that we need. Over thirty years into the epidemic, we can now see tangible outcomes of all our hard work. We have had three decades of twiddling with declarations, designing programmes, identifying and naming groups of people. And we have had successes.More...

20 years of service by and for women in the HIV epidemic

Posted 22 juin 2012, 07:45 , by Guest

By ICW Global Press Team

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW). Coincidentally, the International AIDS Conference is back to the United States after 22 years. It was at this conference 20 years ago that the ICW was formed.

Although the HIV epidemic was identified more than thirty years ago, people did not realize at that time that women were being infected and that, as time went on, they would become a significant group of the infected population. In the early 1990s, a group of women from different countries, diverse cultures, many languages, and with gender diversity met in London to discuss the epidemic from the perspective of women. These early discussions led to the formation of ICW Global the following year at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. More...