International AIDS Society

Global Village Connect Webinars

The Global Village Connect Webinars will provide an opportunity for people from all around the world to be involved in an interactive discussion with presenters from the sessions at the Global Village.  The webinars will follow the sessions and will explore some of the major themes discussed during the sessions and participants in the webinar will then have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a real time moderated discussion via the WebEx platform.

1. Meet the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board

This session will provide an opportunity for an interactive discussion between members of civil society and the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB). Participants will gain a better understanding of what the delegation does and how they can engage with the delegation to ensure that civil society concerns are addressed by the UNAIDS Secretariat.

Specific areas of upcoming work for the delegation include: 
  • intellectual property rights and access to medication
  • poverty and inequality and other structural drivers of HIV
  • increasing health and well-being for people who use drugs

When:    Monday 21st July 2014
17:00- 18:00 (Melbourne local time)
Presenters:   Laurel Sprague, United States
Khartini Slamah, Malaysia

2. Understanding the Impact of Travel Restrictions on Universal Access from the Perspectives of Migrant Sending and Receiving Countries – A Dialogue.

Forty four countries continue to maintain restrictions on entry, stay and residence for PLHIV including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and many Gulf and Arab states.  This session will include an interactive debate based on related issues including the denial of opportunities for people to live and work across borders, and resultant inhibitions of access to access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services.

When:    Wednesday 23rd July 2014
13:30-14:30 (Melbourne local time)
Presenters:   Afsar Syed Mohammad, Switzerland
Julian Hows, Netherlands

3. Improving Advocacy for Respectful Maternity Care and the Reproductive Rights of Women with HIV

Women and youth living with HIV often encounter stigma when seeking to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, and forced and coercive sterilization is a global concern. A rights-based approach to women's health promotes the integration of respectful maternity care with comprehensive sexual and reproductive health programmes. Participants will hear about cutting-edge research and advocacy, approaches to integrating rights-based maternity care and HIV treatment into programme design, implementation, and evaluation.

When:    Wednesday 23rd July 2014
15:00-16:00 (Melbourne local time)
Presenters:   Baby Rivona, Indonesia
Beirne Roose-Snyder, United States

4. Making Human Rights the Core of the HIV and TB Response

While international standards exist, the rights of people living with HIV and TB continue to be violated- life-saving treatment is withheld from prisoners, travellers may be barred from entering certain countries and people who inject drugs are often denied equal access to care. This session will discuss these issues, as well as advocacy strategies and approaches to using the legal system to promote and protect people’s rights.

When:    Thursday 24th July 2014
15:00-16:00 (Melbourne local time)
Presenters:   Lynette Mabote Keneilwe, South Africa
Ekaterine Iakobishvili, Lithuania