Stop AIDS: Keep the promise
1 December 2006
- Tackling the root causes of HIV/AIDS by running education and awareness projects to help women and girls take control of their sexual health
- Forming international cooperation strategies with organization such as UNAIDS and the Alliance of Youth CEOs
- Empowering girls and young women by providing them with leadership and decision-making skills
- Advocating for change on a local, national and global level
World AIDS campaign
The World AIDS campaign promotes the theme ‘accountability’ and the slogan ‘Stop AIDS: Keep the promise’ for World AIDS Day 2007. The campaign was founded by UNAIDS together with many international and national organizations responding to HIV/AIDS.
Tell 10 girls 10 facts about AIDS
Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. It is also a weapon that the world cannot do without in the fight against AIDS.
Make sure they keep the promise
In 2001 governments met at the UN General Assembly and declared to reverse the spread of AIDS. Five years later, in June 2006, the declaration was reviewed by the General Assembly.
Virtually, every country on earth is represented in the General Assembly and therefore supports that promise. Furthermore, last year, the Group of Eight (G8) leaders made commitments to ensure universal access to treatment by 2010. The G8 consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- call on all governmental leaders to be accountable for the promises they made
- set the targets necessary to reach universal access to care, treatment and support
- make all the necessary resources available in order to overcome the AIDS pandemic
Show your colourRed is the colour connected with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Raise awareness for the issue by wearing red on World AIDS Day on 1 December. Ask your friends, colleagues, sisters in Guiding, family and everybody else to join in and make a visible statement to support the World AIDS campaign. You can use the colour red also in promotional objects, e.g. red ribbons, t-shirts, banners, etc.
Become an advocategirls worldwide say “fight AIDS” is one of WAGGGS’ seven key advocacy messages on Adolescent Health. You can become part of WAGGGS’ advocacy work. It aims to:
- speak out and influence opinion-formers
- do projects to tackle the root causes
- educate girls, young women and society
Dance4lifeDance4life is a biennial global dance event taking place on the Saturday before World AIDS Day. In 2004, more than 20,000 young people in South Africa, Indonesia and the Netherlands moved to the same rhythm to make a powerful statement. For 2006, groups of young people United Kingdom, Germany, Vietnam, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Denmark, Russia and Kenya are going to ‘start dancing, stop AIDS’. Join a dance event near you or start your own Dance4Life party with your Girl Guide/Girl Scout group. Have a look at the Dance4life website and learn the drill and the shout and listen to the dance4life track that hit the charts in the Netherlands and even reached number 1 in Hungary.
Tell us about it!Use the comment section and tell us what you did on World AIDS Day or about a project you are working on at the moment. Additionally you can post your event on the World AIDS campaign events calendar.
(FACT: It is 3.4 times more like for a young women than a young man to get infected with HIV/AIDS)
HIV and AIDS projects around the world
Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme for Girls and Young Women in Malawi
The Malawi Girl Guides Association runs an HIV/AIDS Awareness Project that is funded by UNPFA in three districts of the country. They aim to extend the project to all other districts they operate in. This project started in 2002 and to date the Association has trained 45 regional trainers, 30 Guiders and 60 Cadets (Peer Educators) in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues and rights, and psychosocial support life skills for orphans and other vulnerable children. Approximately 5,400 girls and young women have been reached with SRH information and services and 900 orphans and other vulnerable children have been reached with psychosocial life skills. The Association has also documented best practices in SRH/HIV/AIDS which have been printed and distributed to members and other partners. Information and education materials have also been developed and SRH/HIV/AIDS messages have been incorporated into the Association’s already existing Girl Guide Laws to make them relevant to Girl Guiding programmes.
Asia Pacific Region
Girl Scouts of Taiwan take part in Adolescent HIV/AIDS education workshops
To address two of WAGGGS’ advocacy messages ‘fight AIDS’ and ‘it’s important to talk about sex’, Girl Scouts of Taiwan held two adolescent HIV and AIDS education workshops in Hsin-Chu County on 18 and 19 March, 2006.
Western Hemisphere Region
Brazil’s 'Listen, Learn, Live' project
The ‘Federacão de Bandeirantes do Brasil’ has been running the project ‘Listen, Learn, Live’ since 2000 to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS issues among adolescents and young adults. It is being supported by UNESCO, UNAIDS, ICASO, INDCP and the government via the Ministry of Health.
Arab RegionTunisian Guides and Scouts join the fight against HIV/AIDS
Les Scouts Tunisiens held a seminar for leaders on AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases last December in support of World AIDS Day and the WAGGGS call to action.
This event was part of a range of educational seminars for Rangers and Guides held throughout 2006 in collaboration with the international humanitarian aid organization Medecins Sans Frontières.
In their continued focus on adolescent health, the Association also participated in the ‘Childhood and Adolescents’ training seminar, organized by the Arab Women’s Centre for Training and Research in conjunction with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Hammamet in September and December 2006.
Hungarian Girl Guides launch fun activities to raise awareness
Hungarian Girl Guides have joined the worldwide campaign against HIV and AIDS. Throughout the past years, rangers and leaders have organized interactive programmes with games and questionnaires on the issue in high schools.