Stimson was pleased to host the reception and launch of One Billion Strong’s HIV/AIDS, Disability and Discrimination: A Thematic Guide on Inclusive Law, Policy, and Programming. The guide addresses the unique vulnerability of persons with disabilities within the context of HIV and AIDS law, policy, and programming. It focuses on strategies for overcoming the barriers to disability inclusion while highlighting the contribution of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for persons living with HIV. Strategies for effective inclusive disability programming across the continuum of HIV and AIDS response is provided, while particular attention is given to HIV-related law, policy, and institutional reform processes. The guide also includes participatory exercises to foster dialogue among stakeholders to incorporate a disability inclusive approach into their HIV responses.
The event included introductions and moderation by Allen Moore, Senior Advisor at Stimson and Janet Lord, Human Rights Advisor at One Billion Strong. Remarks were made by the following distinguished representatives from both the HIV/AIDS and disability communities.
- Susan Timberlake, Chief, Human Rights and Law Division, UNAIDS Secretariat
- Paula Donovan, Co-Director, AIDS-Free World
- Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo, Coordinator – Office of Disability & Inclusive Development, USAID
- Steve Estey, Project Manager, Disabled Peoples’ International
Stimson’s Allen Moore gives opening remarks.
One Billion Strong’s Janet Lord gives remarks and holds up the guide.