ARC at the World Aids Conference 2018    

From July 23th to the 27th, people from all over the world convened in Amsterdam, Netherlands, to share the latest on HIV and many more experiences around it. ARC had a lot to say, share and learn with those who attended the Conference. ARC’s ED Kim Vance-Mubanga was part of three activities, co-hosted and organized with allied organizations. The first two events took place in the Global Village, and the third one at the main conference.

The Workshop: “Utilizing international human rights law & mechanisms to strengthen rights for key populations living with and affected by HIV” was aimed at sharing some tools to help advocates navigate international human rights law and UN mechanisms for key populations affected by HIV/AIDS, including the Yogyakarta Principles +10 and the Independent Expert on SOGI. It was co-organized and hosted by MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights.

The “Yogyakarta Principles plus Ten: updated with the community and used by the movement” session aimed to give an update on Yogyakarta Principles plus 10 (a revision that included persons from all regions, multiple legal traditions and of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics). It was co-organized and hosted by CoC Netherlands.

ARC was also invited to participate in a well-attended and popular satellite session  “Anal sex from top to bottom. Beliefs, behaviours and policies for better health”.  As anal sex is enjoyed world over by all genders and sexualities, stigma, cultural taboos and criminalization prevent people from getting the information and care they need to maintain anal health and hygiene.