Tell 10 girls 10 facts about AIDS
1 December 2007
‘Tell 10 girls 10 facts about AIDS’ is WAGGGS call to action to commemorate World AIDS Day on 1 December. The fight against HIV and AIDS is a WAGGGS priority in the area of adolescent girl’s health. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world are encouraged to join the action to help stem the spread of HIV infections, which is also the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goal #6.
Take the first step today! To prevent HIV infections you need to know the facts about the risks. WAGGGS has prepared a fact card and an AIDS quiz in 16 languages for you to download. Find out more in the ‘What you can do’ section below.
Take the lead*
This year the World AIDS campaign theme is ‘take the lead’. WAGGGS has been taking the lead in the fight against AIDS for many years:
▪ The majority of WAGGGS’ 145 Member Organizations are running projects on HIV and AIDS in their own countries.
▪ WAGGGS believes that education and empowerment of young people in formal and non-formal settings is a key approach to fight HIV and AIDS, with special attention paid to the needs of girls and young women.
▪ Girl Guides and Girl Scouts can earn the AIDS Badge by undertaking activities in three areas of the badge’s curriculum: fighting fear, shame and injustice; prevention through change in behaviour; and care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS.
▪ WAGGGS has a strong partnership with UNAIDS and is working on a groundbreaking project to tackle HIV and AIDS worldwide. The project will develop a new HIV prevention training module aimed at raising levels of knowledge about HIV prevention as well as increasing WAGGGS’ capacity to train girls and young women as peer educators on HIV prevention and stigma reduction.
▪ WAGGGS has published ‘HIV/AIDS Fighting Ignorance and Fear’ which showcases best practice examples of HIV and AIDS projects of Member Organizations in the areas of education, awareness raising and care and support.
(*From WAGGGS position statement on fight AIDS)
What you can do
Join the call to action
Take part in the call to action ’tell 10 girls 10 facts about AIDS’. Download the fact card, print it out ten times and follow the instructions to assemble them. Give the fact card to 10 girls and tell them what you think is the best way to prevent HIV infections.
Knowledge is power
Test your knowledge by taking the quiz on HIV and AIDS. You can also test your friends, family, fellow Girl Guides and Girl Scouts… Click on each language to download the quiz: English – Arabic – Catalan – Finnish – French – German – Hindi – Japanese – Korean – Malay – Simplified Mandarin – Spanish – Swahili – Swedish – Thai – Traditional Mandarin - NEW Hungarian NEW Can’t find your language? Why don’t you translate the quiz and send it to Bernadette Fischler, Communications officer: firstname.lastname@example.org?
Get the WAGGGS AIDS badge
Start working towards your AIDS badge today. Download the AIDS badge curriculum to get going. The curriculum provides background information and activities for different age groups in the three areas: Prevention, Care & Support and Human Rights – Changing Attitudes. You can order the free badges by writing to email@example.com
Take the leadership pledge
Take the pledge. On the World AIDS campaign website you will find the pledge to take the lead. Don’t wait, make your pledge today!
Facts and figures**
In many regions of the world, new HIV infections are heavily concentrated among young people (15 to 24 years of age). Among persons 15 years and older, young people accounted for 40 per cent of new HIV infections in 2006. A total of 39.5 million people were living with HIV in 2006—2.6 million more than in 2004.This includes an estimated 4.3 million adults and children who were newly infected with HIV in 2006, which is about 400,000 more than in 2004. Women, especially young women, are most vulnerable to HIV infections. Among young people (15 to 24 years) in Sub-Saharan Africa, the ratio of new HIV infections is three young women for every young man. Have a look at the map provided by UNAIDS to see the number of people living with HIV, including those newly infected and children, in the different regions. **UNAIDS/WHO AIDS Epidemic Update: December 2006
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