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The XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010), will be held in Vienna, Austria, from 18 to 23 July 2010. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward. The conference organisers also see it as an opportunity to highlight the critical connection between human rights and HIV.
In the past the conference has provided a forum to hear about new HIV initiatives for sex workers, participate in campaigning and advocacy for sex workers rights and hear about cutting edge research related to sex work.
In order to help facilitate sex worker involvement the Global Network of Sex Work Projects has produced The Curious Sex Workers Guide to attending the 18th International AIDS Conference. The Guide provides information on:
- Submitting an abstract
- Participating in the Global Village
- Travelling to Vienna
- Getting support for attendance
For further information contact the NSWP IAC 2010 Coordinators Faika El-Nagashi and Veronica Munk on email@example.com.
To commemorate World AIDS Day our colleague Andrea Cornwall wrote a story for the IDS website about Uganda’s new Anti-Homosexuality Bill. This dangerous and discriminatory Bill will violate the fundamental human rights of sexual minorities, compound their exclusion from access to services and exacerbate the stigma people living with HIV and AIDS experience. Cornwall challenges Britain, as the original architect of the discriminatory laws that remain on the statute books of so many of its former colonies, to ensure that British aid does not abet regimes of this kind in such flagrant abuses of human rights. (more…)
Cheryl Overs has contributed an article to a new publication from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), The Truth About…Men, Boys and Sex: Gender-transformative policies and programmes. The report provides information, evidence and practical advice on:
- Why working with men and boys is important;
- What SRH issues and services are particularly important for different men and boys; and
- How programme developers, managers and service providers can integrate a focus on male sexual and reproductive health and gender transformation in their programming.
Cheryl Overs, from Monash University Medical School, has joined the Community Programming Committee (CPC) for the International Aids Conference on behalf of the Paulo Longo Research Initiative. The conference will be held in Vienna next year. She attended the first planning meeting of the committee in Vienna in May which was held in conjunction with the Joint Programming Committee. This first meeting was for committees to develop a clear understanding of the conference structure, the process for building the conference programme and roles and responsibilities of committees. Cheryl will co-chair the Global Village Working Group with Anastasia Kamlyk of UNAIDS.
Later in the year the PLRI will develop a proposal for a session on sex work research at the conference and we look forward to your suggestions about that. Meanwhile information about the conference can be obtained at www.aids2010.org.
A recent discussion about sex work from the AIDS INDIA e FORUM provides an insight into how the laws to control and regulate sex work in India are viewed by various stakeholders.
The AIDS INDIA e FORUM is a virtual organization responding to the HIV and AIDS crisis in India, by connecting the key stake holders together. This FORUM facilitates networking, communication and collaboration among those who are involved or interested in HIV and AIDS related issues in India. One of its main functions is a moderated email list through which members share information and mobilise around issues of common interest.
The discussion was prompted by the defeat of a new law to regulate sex work – the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Amendment Bill. According to Tripti Tandon of the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit the Bill:
‘Intended to shift legislative policy on sex work from tolerance to prohibition. This was sought to be done through the introduction of a new offence of visiting a brothel, which would penalise clients. It also sought to broaden the meaning of prostitution to include all transactional sex, as opposed to acts involving exploitation on a commercial scale.
By inserting a definition of trafficking for prostitution, the bill attempted to criminalise poverty induced sex work. Other changes included lowering rank of Police authorized to arrest, search and raid brothels and extending detention of sex workers to seven years. Sex workers vehemently opposed these measures which, they believed, would offset any positive effect of decriminalizing soliciting.’ (more…)
An article from Jerker Edstrom at the Institute of Development Studies looks at sex work in relation to the Day’s theme of leadership.
Policy on supporting and addressing people selling sex has been marred by deep divisions in perspectives and guidance. This has been marked by a conservative approach to ‘abstinence’, and the criminalisation of prostitution, coming from the US administration; and a more ambivalent European approach which increasingly demonises and criminalises the male clients of sex workers.