Dear community and civil society colleagues,
Thank you for your continued engagement with us in the recent months, addressing the issues relating to sexual harassment within UNAIDS. As you know we are actively working to support the establishment of appropriate systems and procedures in order to make UNAIDS a space free of any abuse of power or harassment of any kind. We are working towards a trustworthy formal system for follow-up of complaints and redress which is transparent and objective to all parties involved.
By Musah Lumumba El-nasoor, African NGO Delegate
The president of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, together with UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe, launched the presidential fast track HIV situation room, a new tool that will be used to monitor progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This was during the International Women’s Day celebrations on 8 March 2018. The concept, supported by UNAIDS, is envisaged to make data revolution a reality in the HIV response and as well, support the implementation and realization of the end of AIDS target within the SDG agenda.
The terms of reference (TOR) for the “Independent Expert Panel on prevention of and response to harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power at UNAIDS Secretariat” is already out. Please access the TOR here:
Here is the NGO Delegation’s update on the sexual harassment policies within UNAIDS.
By Devanand Milton, Latin America and the Caribbean NGO Delegate
With shrinking donor resources and the inability of traditional mechanisms to reach out to key populations using government established services, the civil society AIDS response is at risk of neglect.
By Trevor Stratton, North American NGO Delegate
By Aditia Taslim, Asia and the Pacific NGO Delegate
Executive Director of Rumah Cemara, Indonesia
Recently, a draft of revisions to the Book of Penal Code, known as KUHP was submitted to the Parliament of Indonesia. The revision of KUHP is seen by many civil society organisations and alliances as an insult to the democratic process in Indonesia. If approved, the revision will enforce further criminalisation of women, children, indigenous peoples and other marginalised groups, including people living with HIV (PLHIV) and people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.