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UNESCO's Youth Initiative on HIV & AIDS and Human Rights

UNESCO's Youth Initiative on HIV & AIDS and Human Rights

The initiative adopts a participatory approach working with young people and vulnerable groups, and it focuses on HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

Launched jointly in 1999 by UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector and UNAIDS, the Initiative is based mainly on the participatory approach, young people involvement and human rights approach to HIV and AIDS.

Activities focus on:

  • Consultations/needs assessments with youth organizations;

  • Elaboration of youth friendly IEC and resource materials on HIV & AIDS and Human Rights; and

  • Training and capacity building of youth organizations on human rights and HIV & AIDS.

Some examples of young people-led activities carried out under the Youth Initiative are:
  • Training Imams to confront Discrimination, Bangladesh;

  • Mobilising Communities against Stigma, Malawi;

  • Advocating tolerance over the radio waves, Zambia

  • Start date: 07-12-1999   End date: 07-12-2008
  • Lead Organization, Sector or Office: UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector
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