The Love Alliance Launches!
After an initial teaser campaign that involved the collaboration of a wide range of partner networks, the Love Alliance is now officially launched! The alliance has come together to advance its agenda of love for all, by seeking to highlight the challenges that key populations it supports are faced with, and provide ways for these communities to reach out and get the support they need. In addition, the organisation is inviting all champions of human rights and advocates of harm reduction to join us as we highlight the issues faced by our growing global community. To find out how you can join and stand in solidarity, read on!
The Love Alliance is a new 5-year programme designed to run from 2021 to 2025, and is based on an unwavering commitment to protecting, promoting and fulfilling Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights globally, unifying and amplifying voices of people who use drugs, sex workers and everyone included in the wider LGBTIQ+ movements.
In seeking to highlight the unity of these key populations – who are all faced with the same challenges in terms of stigma, human rights and access to Universal Health Care – the Love Alliance has generated an identity that symbolises the care for all that is at the core of its Manifesto.
The Love Alliance Manifesto
The Love Alliance is about us – people and our power when we come together as communities. Some of us identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer. Some of us use drugs and some of us sell sex. Some of us are living with HIV. Some of us identify with or embody several of the above. All of us are criminalised or discriminated against in one way or another due to our identity or HIV status or behaviour or purely for political reasons. Every year, tens of thousands of us are arrested, prosecuted, incarcerated, deported, fined or denied access to health and justice in our countries, as well as being forced out of our communities and our countries, just because of who we are.
We, as communities, jointly with our allies have invested years in pushing for human rights- and evidence-based prevention, treatment and care that could have made the end of AIDS, and Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a reality by now. We advocate for adequately levels of funding and for taking truly human rights based programmes to scale. The Love Alliance is our chance to prioritise and invest in challenging the structural barriers of underfunding, criminalisation and exclusion of us in all our diversity and in all that we have in common. We all know what we need to do in order to build a world where all people are able and empowered to make well-informed, autonomous choices about our bodies without being criminalised, stigmatised or excluded so we can enjoy our health, freedoms, rights and well-being.
Our organisations will lead and will be accountable to our communities for what we achieve through the Love Alliance, but we cannot do this alone. We can’t bring about the positive and structural change on our own and need the strength of our partnership and collaboration with many other like-minded allies across governments, funders, civil society and community groups. We will work in solidarity across countries, across generations/ages and across our communities/identities. We will use experience from our lived realities, evidence from our impact and partners from different sectors. We choose to focus on the things that bring us together, rather than set us apart. Together, we will push against gender inequality, other forms of inequity, injustices and criminalisation demanding equity and inclusion in access to health and justice, including comprehensive SRHR and HIV services for all.
With a focus on key populations in Africa, The Love Alliance is a network of partners consisting of Aidsfonds, the Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality, The Global Network of People Living With HIV (GNP+), ISDAO in Francophone West Africa, Sisonke in South Africa, UHAI EASHRI in Kenya for the East African region, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) and is funded via by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
We as SANPUD are proud to be part of an alliance that is seeking to make the world a better place for those most affected by For more info, visit the Love Alliance page on the Aidsfonds website.