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Across the globe, the communities most affected by HIV have had to overcome health challenges while simultaneously fighting for freedom from discrimination and violence. Marginalized communities frequently face active disregard of their human rights from fellow citizens and from governments. Whether challenging unjust criminalization of sex work, drug use, gay and lesbian relationships, transgender identity, and HIV exposure; racial injustice; violations against indigenous peoples, or gender inequality, communities have joined together in the struggle for dignity and rights for all. This interactive workshop brings together human rights defenders from around the world to share the practical methods they use to engage and organize their communities to claim human rights protections and to challenge human rights violations. Participants have the opportunity to identify strategies for change in their own communities.

11:00
THWS0101
Welcome and introduction
Laurel Sprague, HIV Justice Network, United States
11:05
THWS0102
Activist organizing and lessons learned: using global human rights agreements to challenge racial discrimination in the United States HIV response
Kenyon Farrow, Treatment Action Group, United States
11:10
THWS0103
Activist organizing and lessons learned: fighting the criminalization of people living with HIV
Dora Kiconco Musinguzi, Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET), Uganda
11:15
THWS0104
Activist organizing and lessons learned: community mobilization for the human rights of people who use drugs
11:20
THWS0105
Activist organizing and lessons learned: treatment access
Asia Russell, Health Global Access Project (Health GAP), Uganda
Slides
11:25
THWS0106
Activist organizing and lessons learned: movements for the rights and dignity of sex workers led by and for sex workers
Ishtar Lakhani, Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), South Africa
11:30
THWS0107
Activist organizing and lessons learned: community mobilization for the rights of indigenous peoples living with HIV
Marama Pala, INA (Māori, Indigenous & South Pacific) HIV & AIDS Foundation, New Zealand
11:35
THWS0108
Questions and answers
11:45
THWS0109
Interactive exercise
12:25
THWS0110
Closing remarks
Laurel Sprague, HIV Justice Network, United States