All too often, we don't hear from those people who matter most. They are being criminalised, discriminated against, and pushed aside, because of who they are or what they do.
Therefore, on World Aids Day (1 December) and at ICASA -the International Conference for AIDS & STIs in Durban, South Africa from 6th to 11th December, the Love Alliance is giving voice to those people who need to be heard from communities most at risk of HIV to changemakers wanting to make a change.
After all, it is these communities more than anyone else, who know what works best for them. They should be given the space to make the change that they want to see. To showcase these important voices, the Love Alliance has gathered love letter videos from communities all over the world. With the message 'what love means to me...', communities describe the world that they want to see and what politicians and funders should do to make that happen.
We are delighted that the funder of the Love Alliance, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also contributed by letting us know what love means to them. Check out the video of Pascalle Grotenhuis, Director Social Development and Ambassador for women’s rights and gender equality. We look forward to seeing that their example is followed by other policymakers and funders to end AIDS globally.
So why now? All UN member states agreed to end AIDS and the HIV pandemic by 2030. We must continue to combat HIV. We can do that by investing in equal access to HIV prevention and treatment for everyone, and by getting rid of discriminatory laws that exclude people. It is time to end inequalities to end AIDS by 2030.
What does love mean to you? Share what love means to you!
Share what love means to you in max 3 sentences on social media and use the hashtag #LoveAlliance. You can do this by posting a short video of yourself, starting by saying 'what love means to me...' or by writing a short message, also starting with 'what love means to me...'.
Join us on this journey working towards health and human rights for all! #LoveAlliance
To find out more about the Love Alliance and the part that we as SANPUD play as a partner organisation, take a look at the Love Alliance page here on our site.