The latest issue of our Newsletter is out! Follow the link below to get caught up on updates and key developments related to HIV and the law. In this issue you'll find a compilation of recent news articles and stories of implementation of the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, with links to access the full articles on the web.
By Mandeep Dhaliwal, Team Leader of UNDP's HIV, Health and Development Practice.
Zero Discrimination Day is an international call for freedom, equality and ending exclusion. This day, and every other day, for effective HIV and development responses we must work towards creating a world that is free from stigma and discrimination.
Bangkok – A landmark regional dialogue convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this week in Bangkok provided a unique platform for advancing rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The dialogue was supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other partners.
When Justine Badaru a 38 year old, resident of Kijogoro Parish, Miirya Sub County, Masindi district lost her husband to an HIV/AIDs-related illness, she was left with no independent source of livelihood.
Illiterate and HIV positive herself, the mother of four was looking at a bleak future as a widow.
Soon after her husband's funeral, rumours started circulating in the village that she had killed her husband. The rumours which spread like a wildfire left Badaru dealing with not only grief but also with stigma and isolation as her friends shunned her as the rest of the village called her a witch and a murderer.
Kathmandu, Nepal – Transgender people and hijra activists from South Asia called for more evidence-informed policy and laws to improve health, living conditions and overall well-being of their communities, at a consultation this week in Kathmandu.
The three-day consultation, 'The South Asia Transgender and Hijra Consultation: Advancing Trans and Hijra Rights and Health', brought together over 70 participants, including transgender women, hijra and transgender men, civil society groups, government departments, national human rights institutions, development partners and HIV and health experts.