Workshop proposals for Interfaith Preconference to the International AIDS Conference 2022
Taking Action to Overcome Stigma and Discrimination, July 2022
The Interfaith Health Platform (IHP) invites workshop proposals for Taking Action to Overcome Stigma & Discrimination, an affiliated event (interfaith pre-conference) to the International AIDS Conference 2022.
The workshops, to take place on 27-28 July 2022 in a hybrid format (virtual and in Montreal, Canada), should contribute to identifying solutions to overcome HIV stigma and discrimination.
Albin Hillert / WCC
The IHP seeks diverse workshops that will speak to people from all faith traditions and secular groups. Workshops should also involve participants with different levels of experience – from those new to International AIDS Conferences to those who have long been involved in the response and are looking for new insights into tackling deep-rooted challenges.
Proposals are due by 2 May 2022.
Albin Hillert / WCC
Taking Action to Overcome Stigma and Discrimination An affiliated event to AIDS 2022
Taking Action to Overcome Stigma and Discrimination will be the 10th faith-centred pre-conference held before the International AIDS Conference, the first held in Bangkok in 2004.
Representatives from diverse world-wide NGOs, UN agencies, religious organizations and academic partners ‑ are working together to coordinate, plan, and support faith-based involvement in AIDS 2022.
Understanding how to engage with the faith sector is essential for overcoming stigma and discrimination, increasing access to HIV services, and promoting human rights for all.
Faith communities make distinctive contributions in several areas of the HIV response, including service delivery, community outreach, demand creation of HIV services in places of worship, advocacy, and awareness-raising. Situated within communities and building on relationships of trust, faith groups have shown the ability to influence the attitudes and behaviour of other community members, including adolescents and young people. Faith communities can help to overcome inequalities, including cultural and traditional practices that hamper access to HIV services, and help encourage more effective and sustainable community HIV programmes.
Taking Action to Overcome Stigma and Discrimination will offer networking opportunities, exchange of experiences, and capacity building, and it will identify actions for follow-up on the various issues discussed. It will have plenary sessions and workshops, with the active participation of young people, faith leaders, and representatives of faith or civil society groups (such as refugees, migrants, women, youth, substance abuse associations, LGBTIQ, etc.) as well as non-faith actors.
Workshop Proposals’ criteria
The workshop proposals should contribute to the following areas of intervention, clearly indicating the interventions’ impact and results to overcome stigma and discrimination:
Partnering, accompanying and engaging with affected groups: Dialogues/Collaborative Interventions
Policies & Legal/political interventions
Identifying common ground and commitments in Faith response to difficult questions/challenges
To submit your proposal, please fill in the information below and submit it. Kindly note that a limited number of submissions will be considered for scholarship’s support for in-person participation.