Stand Against Stigma Sunday ~~ August 18, 2013
Stigma related to HIV/AIDS remains the single most important barrier to public action and interaction. HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination have been seen all over the country and around the world. Deadly and paralyzing, they manifest themselves differently between regions, communities, religious groups, and individuals. They are often seen alongside other forms of stigma and discrimination, such as racism, homophobia or misogyny.
On Sunday, August 18, 2013, churches and other faith-based organizations will devote a portion of their Sunday to sending a message to their community which aligns with this year’s theme of “FAITH IN ACTION: EDUCATION FIRST to STAND UP AGAINST HIV/AIDS RELATED STIGMA!”
It is our hope/vision that this be a day that we (everywhere) fight stigma with EDUCATION FIRST — a Back to Basics approach. Of course better laws and policies are crucial. But let us all begin with education, awareness, openness… taking the mystery, myths, and falsehoods away will certainly reduce the stigma and discrimination, negative attitudes, abuse and maltreatment directed at people living with HIV/AIDS.
Your community can participate by:
~ Educating yourself and others about the facts of HIV/AIDS;
~ Having a service devoted to ending HIV/AIDS stigma in your community;
~ Developing a community activity that has an anti-homophobic message;
~ Connecting with other faith institutions, community leaders, and members to support the continuing fight against all forms of discrimination.
Additionally, we can minimize the effect all over the world by pouring water on the flame that fuels stigma and discrimination, such as racism, homophobia or misogyny.
For more information, contact C2EA at email@example.com or 1.877.END.AIDS (363.2437).
Or check out the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/404308236340490/