On this year’s World AIDS Day, UN and civil society partners jointly announce a global call for nominations for the 2012 Red Ribbon Award. The award, which will be presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference in July 2012, honours community-based organizations for their contributions to the response to the AIDS epidemic. The call is issued on World AIDS Day as people around the world come together in global solidarity for people living with HIV. Winning a Red Ribbon Award is highly coveted by community organizations around the world. The recognition it brings often leads to other awards, more visibility, more funding and other types of additional support.
The biennial award will be given to 10 organizations that have shown outstanding community leadership and action on AIDS. The five award categories are:
- Prevention of sexual transmission
- Prevention among people who use drugs
- Treatment, care and support
- Advocacy and human rights
- Stopping new HIV infections in children and keeping mothers alive; women’s health.
Each recipient of the award will receive US$ 10,000. Representatives of each winning body will present the work of their organization, their priorities, the challenges they faced and their approaches to community engagement in a dialogue space at next summer’s XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, when the awards will be presented.
Nominations will be accepted from 1 December 2011 through 29 February 2012. Submit nominations on-line at www.redribbonaward.org, where further information can be found. Community-based organizations (CBOs) working to halt and reverse the spread of HIV are encouraged to apply.