HIV2020 Online October Recap

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The HIV2020 Online conference has been a smashing success, with tens of thousands of key population activists and advocates tuning in from all parts of the world for critical discussions on the future of the global HIV response!


All of our virtual sessions are recorded with dubbing in five languages, and made available as video and audio recordings.

Check out our latest sessions here:


Stigma: Measure it, Act on it, End it

October 1, 2020 | Session Co-Organizers: GNP+

English | Español | Français | Português русский


The PLHIV Stigma Index Advocacy Toolkit, developed by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), aims to support local communities to measure and report on HIV-related stigma and discrimination in their contexts and then to undertake advocacy to combat it. This work can help to advance efforts by the Global Partnership for Action to Eliminate All Forms of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination (the Global Partnership).


The session discussed the toolkit and Partnership and provided examples of work done at country and regional level. A key message was that the stigma index can be used as a baseline for ongoing processes to eliminate stigma and discrimination in any setting. Advocacy based on findings from the index can be essential in seeking to ensure that governments meet their HIV and AIDS commitments.


Treatment Activist Meeting

October 6, 2020 | Session Co-Organizers: GNP+ & ITPC

English | Español | Français | Português русский


The long history of community-led advocacy in HIV treatment access includes both major successes and persistent challenges. Millions of people are receiving lifesaving treatment because communities led the drive to make medicines affordable and accessible to all. But equity is far from achieved, as millions more still do not have access to proven treatment and prevention therapies.


Advocates around the world continue to push for changes in laws and policies that will remove barriers to greater progress. Many of their approaches and priorities are relevant for the fight against COVID-19. Communities’ expertise and energy will be critical in ensuring that some of the challenges that continue to plague access in HIV responses are not repeated in the global effort to combat the new pandemic. Initiatives such as the People’s Vaccine Campaign are examples of how learning from decades of HIV activism has already resulted in ambitious, high-profile global movements to avoid leaving millions of people behind.


Community based mental health services for people living with HIV

October 9, 2020 | Session Co-Organizers: Peer Partners NGO

English | Español | Français | Português русский


Participatory and movement-based approaches such as the Theatre of the Oppressed methodology have been powerful components of empowerment processes for women living with HIV in Latin American and Caribbean countries.


A key observation among those involved in projects highlighting this approach is that working with the body has made them more conscious about intersectionality. Although HIV is the object of struggle in this context, the lives and experiences of women with HIV are not limited to HIV itself. This realization has allowed them to move beyond approaching HIV solely in the context of illness and death, and instead focus on well-being and enjoyment of life. As a result, women living with HIV in the region have improved their leadership and activist skills.


Art Performance: Theater Performance about SWIT

October 15, 2020 | Session Co-Organizers: NSWP

Español | Français | Português русский


Different and innovate forms of communications can be effective when seeking to raise awareness among key populations of their rights. One, a theatre performance, was developed by members of Tais Plus, a local non-governmental organization (NGO) in Kyrgyzstan, to present and explain the content of some parts of the Sex Worker Implementation Tool (SWIT) and get them interested in using it.


The performance was recorded on video and is being used by the organization as part of advocacy efforts targeting governmental officials and other strategic partners in country to ensure they are aware about the key principles of working with sex workers. Tais Plus members have found that using this format to work with socially vulnerable groups can make it easier for people to talk about their problems, to participate in a dialogue, and to continue staying involved in advocacy and rights-based processes outside the framework of one event.


Community based mental health services for people living with HIV

October 20, 2020 | Session Co-Organizers: Aidsfonds

English | Español | Français | Portuguêsрусский


Communities and donors dialogue on more and better funding for key populations. Despite evidence on the need for key population HIV programming, funding for this work is limited, and there are knowledge and data gaps on available funding.


This session will present the findings of a brand new study on HIV funding for key populations. Findings can be used by community, organisations and allies to advocate for more and better funding for key populations, and by donors to inform their grantmaking and commit to continued investment in key population HIV programming. This study is a joint initiative of two large programmes funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs focusing on health and human rights for key populations: Bridging the Gaps and the Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV Response (PITCH).


Women, Bodies and Experiences: Individual and Collective Empowerment through the Theater of the Oppressed

October 23, 2020 | Session Co-Organizers: CW Latin America, Hivos Latin America, & Metoca

English | Español | Français | Portuguêsрусский


Participatory and movement-based approaches such as the Theatre of the Oppressed methodology have been powerful components of empowerment processes for women living with HIV in Latin American and Caribbean countries.


A key observation among those involved in projects highlighting this approach is that working with the body has made them more conscious about intersectionality. Although HIV is the object of struggle in this context, the lives and experiences of women with HIV are not limited to HIV itself. This realization has allowed them to move beyond approaching HIV solely in the context of illness and death, and instead focus on well-being and enjoyment of life. As a result, women living with HIV in the region have improved their leadership and activist skills.

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Stay tuned for more exciting upcoming announcements from HIV2020!

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