HIV and human rights

Human rights violations against women, sexual minorities and those on the margins of society such as people who use drugs increases their vulnerability to HIV. Violations can take the form of everyday stigma and discrimination as well as  the aggressive actions of police or others in authority.

Many Key Correspondents advocate for the rights of women, sex workers, sexual minorities, people who use drugs and people living with HIV. They report the human reality of rights violations as a way to bring governments to account and advocate for fairer systems that enable all members of society to stay healthy and well.

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No hope for HIV prevention for Indonesian sex workers

Keeping watch for policemen is a typical day for Dewi, now 29, a sex worker in Bekasi, an industrial area east of Jakarta in Indonesia. more
April 17, 2014 0 Comments

A tale of two women dealing with HIV and self-stigma

Programmes to address HIV-related stigma usually focus on changing negative perceptions in the community, but some people living with HIV struggle with self-stigma. more
April 16, 2014 0 Comments

Samuel’s story: hope after being raped and contracting HIV

Samuel John, 19, from Yambio, South Sudan, contracted HIV after he was raped by an older woman who sold him alcohol. more
April 11, 2014 0 Comments

Mulela’s story: I refused to give in to stigma

After experiencing horrifying discrimination from her community because she had tuberculosis and HIV, Mulela refused to be crushed. more
March 26, 2014 3 Comments

Sex workers attacked in Abidjan

Angry residents destroyed all the pubs in Adjamé Bracodi, where sex workers used to work, intending to kick them out of the area. more
March 7, 2014 0 Comments

Rape of minors and risk of HIV increase in Malawi

Police reports indicate that many parts of Malawi are registering a sharp rise in cases of rape of girls under the age of 16. more
February 14, 2014 4 Comments

New publication helps citizen journalists change the world

This new self-study guide helps lay the foundation for civil society advocates to become citizen journalists speaking out against injustice and helping to shape the world they want to live in. more
February 4, 2014 2 Comments

New strategy needed to combat anti-gay laws

As the list of countries where the gay community is criminalized grows, when will the outcry reach a tipping point? When will human rights be respected regardless of sexual orientation? more
January 21, 2014 2 Comments