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UNAIDS PCB tackles inequalities in HIV response affecting transgenders

DATE & TIME: August 12, 2023, 10:30 AM. FILED UNDER: Feature. LINK TO POST:

In its newsletter, APCOM featured the thematic segment that addressed inequalities that prevent progress in the HIV response for key populations, especially transgender people at the 52nd UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board held in Geneva on June 26 to 29.

In her keynote speech, Erika Castellanos, Executive Director for Global Action for Trans Equality, or GATE, concluded:

"We need to do better. We need to stop demonizing – sexualizing and hating trans and gender diverse people. More than allies, we need our fellow humans, our family, our friends, our work colleagues, to see us as equal to, as same as, not different from. When we view the world through the lens of what unites us, rather than what divides us, we have a much better chance of improving the lives, health and human rights of all persons on this earth. And after all, is that what we all really want most of all? To love, and to be loved? 

"Today we are engaged in this dialogue – I have hope."

See APCOM's full article on the thematic segment; also UNAIDS PCB's background note on the thematic segment, and copy of the presentation.

(Dowload PDF copies: Background Note, Presentation)