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Stigma and Discrimination.

"Six decades after the [Universal Declaration of Human Rights] was adopted,it is shocking that there still should be discrimination against those at high risk,such stigma attached to individuals living with HIV.This not only drives the virus underground,where it can spread in the dark;as important,it is an effort to our common humanity...i call for a change in laws that uphold stigma and discrimination-including restrictions on travel for people living with HIV (emphasis added)."

Ban Ki-Moon,United Nations Secretary-General,
United Nations High Level Meeting On AIDS,June 2008

Posted By Leah Auma Okeyo.

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Around the world care's picture

Law amendment

Dear Leah,

The situation of people with HIV/AIDS, and those living without the virus is in need of law protection.

MwajumaAndersson

Auma's picture

Thank you Mwajuma,

The saying goes,"Stop the disease,not me!"

Leah Auma Okeyo.

Around the world care's picture

appreciation

Dear Leah,

Thank you for your reply. It gives me more joy to see how much people want to see the end of this disease. You are absolutely right Leah, there must be a solution.

Mwajuma

compañeras y amigas
debemos erradicar el estigma y la discriminación, que son actos violentos contra las mujeres. Estos pueden suceder en la familia, la comunidad o las instituciones, como son las restricciones de viajar a otro país.

Gisela Sánchez. México

Khatundi's picture

Stigma & Descrimination...

Hi ladies
Allow me to add a comment here. One thing about Laws and policies is that they will change and or new ones implemented. (hellooo, that will be 'The moment') However, our attitudes towards each other on a general level have to change. We are still fighting cultural devisiveness around sexual orientations, biases between the haves and haves not, sadly as long as all this is still going on, Government and policy reforms will not mean much.
We have to speak with one clear voice, access of services should not be determined by who you are or where you live! It really breaks my heart that a woman who was raped and infected eventally is stonned to death, yet the man walks away! I keep hoping tomorrow will be a better world.
Luv & be well

Khatundi

Auma's picture

Gisela and Khatundi,Thank you

for your contributions towards this very sensitive issue.I have also been asking myself who makes policies and who changes them...

Policies and Laws create a lot of stigmatization and criminalization.Policies and Laws create positive and negative impacts.Policies and Laws create peace.When a policy impacts negatively on innocent people,it must then be revised,amendments must be made.They should never be static.

Generally,they are easier to create than to change.Changing them takes more debate and differing opinions.

Not everything that is written,not any bill that is passed will always be the best.Loopholes will always show up later.What do we do when they show up? What do we do when it is not yet amendment time?

Keeping mum will not help either.Let us address the problems as they come along,even if for the sake of the next generation.

Leah Auma Okeyo.

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