Thematic Segment: Investing in Advocacy
Delivered by Trevor Stratton, NGO Delegation, North America
Today at 2.30 pm here in Geneva a vote was scheduled at the UN Human Rights Council on the resolution entitled “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)”. This resolution proposes the establishment of an Independent Expert on SOGI.
This is a good example if we’re going to get to zero for investing in enabling environments.
To be willing to listen and implement policy changes support advocacy.
The best practice is for KPs direct the course of their own HIV prevention, care, treatment and support.
Key populations need a local, national and international voice and structure that links with leadership, governments, ASOs, coalitions leading to National and global collective action.
We need to bridge the link between to show how investing in enabling environments actually enhances community engagement. In the example of Indonesia, increasing conservatism is impacting the AIDS response by closing MSM-led and trans-led initiatives.
Indigenous Peoples example KP recently found their global voice.
Canada, Indigenous prevalence 2X.
1997 Canada acknowledged that Indigenous Peoples have shared experiences relating to the AIDS epidemic and its impacts on our communities and developed an Indigenous-specific funding stream for HIV across the country. Acknowledge and thank Canada. The year I developed AIDS.
IPHA Personal – local, provincial, national, IIWGHA since 2006
1997-2016 19 years explaining the importance of the Indigenous connection to a traditional land base, their displacement from that land and how the laws displacing Indigenous people result in them being left behind.
This resulted in increasing culturally appropriate prevention, care, treatment, and support.
Tremendous challenges but on the right path, now can take what we have learned and KTE with Indigenous in other countries
We urge UNAIDS and Member States to implement a mechanism to measure the benefits of supporting advocacy work of communities.
Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. – Nelson Mandela