WAGGGS raises awareness on World AIDS Day

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7 Diciembre 2007

WAGGGS’ call to action to tell 10 girls 10 facts about AIDS was a great success. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world picked up on the call to action and used the downloadable fact card featuring 10 facts on HIV and AIDS to spread the message and raise awareness.

All four World Centres distributed the fact cards to volunteers and guests. Participants at the ‘HIV/AIDS in Today’s world’ seminar in Sangam also received the cards.

Pax Lodge volunteers at the global video conference in London.Pax Lodge and Sangam volunteers participated the World Centres at a global video conference for World AIDS day held on 30 November in London.At the video conference, organised by Girl Scouts of USA, the World Centre representatives linked up with several groups in the United States to discuss how girls can help to fight HIV and AIDS, wherever they are.

Many national Member Organizations also responded to the call to action. The Hungarian Girl Guides submitted a translation of the WAGGGS AIDS quiz, which it is now available in 17 different languages.

The Bandeirantes do Brasil attended an ecumenical celebration held by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro at the site of the statue of Christ the Redeemer to commemorate World AIDS Day. The association is running a peer education programme and an e-learning programme for HIV and AIDS prevention in their country.

WAGGGS work on HIV and AIDS

WAGGGS is fighting the AIDS epidemic on several fronts. In 2007, WAGGGS started a major project with UNAIDS which will result in training modules on HIV and AIDS for young people highlighting different approaches in five countries around the world. The modules will be published on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2008.

One of the causes for the rapid spread of HIV is violence against women. WAGGGS is a launch partner of the UNIFEM campaign “Say NO to violence against women” which began 26 November and runs until International Women’s Day.

The call to action on World AIDS Day is also part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, an international campaign which ran from 25 November (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

I call for renewed leadership in eradicating stigma associated with HIV. I applaud the brave individuals who live openly with HIV, who advocate tirelessly for the rights of the HIV-positive, who educate others about AIDS. … I call for leadership at all levels to step up the work to scale up towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010 -- as pledged by all Governments last year. We have only two years left until that target date. We need to show leadership now.

Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General, United Nations

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