Heading AIDS 2018 Conference

AIDS 2018, the 22nd International AIDS Conference is almost here. From July 23th to the 27th, people from all over the world will convene in Amsterdam, Netherlands, to share the latest on HIV and many more experiences around it. ARC has a lot to say and share with those who will attend the Conference. ARC’s ED Kim Vance being part of three activities, co-hosted with and organized by allied organizations. The first two will take place in the Global Village, and the third one at the main conference.

July 24th, 10:45 – MPact “Out With It” Networking Zone (Global Village, Booth 514)

Workshop: “Utilizing international human rights law & mechanisms to strengthen rights for key populations living with and affected by HIV”.

The landscape of international human rights law and UN mechanisms can often seem intimidating and complex. The reality is, however, that there are new and accessible tools to help advocates navigate this landscape for key populations affected by HIV/AIDS, including the Yogyakarta Principles +10 and the Independent Expert on SOGI.

Alongside treaty bodies and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), these tools can be used to assess implementation and identify/address the root causes of violence and discrimination.

 

July 25th, 10:00 – COC Netherlands Networking Zone

Session: “Yogyakarta Principles plus Ten: updated with the community and used by the movement”.

The YP+10 are the result of a Drafting Committee of experts that included persons from all regions, multiple legal traditions and of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics, established by ISHR and ARC International and informed by multiple stakeholders such as civil society.

The Principles are an authoritative, expert exposition of international human rights law as it currently applies to the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics and States must comply with the principles both legally and morally.

 

July 26th, at 18:30 – Elicium 1

Session: “Anal sex from top to bottom. Beliefs, behaviours and policies for better health”.

Anal sex is enjoyed world over by all genders and sexualities, but stigma, cultural taboos and criminalization prevent people from getting the information and care they need to maintain anal health and hygiene.

About this, and how to improve anal health in communities most vulnerable to #HIV we’ll be also speaking at #AIDS2018.

 

If you are in Amsterdam these days, don’t hesitate to join us!