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Living with poverty, coping with shame

10/14/2008 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

Vivid and powerful personal testimonies deepen our understanding of poverty and motivate us to push for change, says Olivia Bennett.

Sparking debate – the Spark project

09/25/2008 | Rob Safar | Panos London Blog

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The Spark project was an effort to bring together the experiences of professionals around the world working with HIV and AIDS patients. In a series of lunchtime discussions, we tackled a range of issues that hinder the progress of HIV and AIDS treatment in the developing world.

HIV and AIDS stigma: Key issues to emerge

09/25/2008 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

1. Factors affecting stigma and discrimination The discussion raised the question of whether stigma and discrimination levels decrease in situations where HIV infection rates are high enough for AIDS to be ‘seen’ on the streets. According to one participant stigma in South Africa has become more entrenched as infection rates have risen, while in other…

Street theatre and clowning in Guatemala

09/25/2008 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

Tony Savdié spoke about Guatemala’s Proyecto Payaso – an NGO that uses street theatre and clowning to examine issues such as HIV and AIDS, gender, and stigma. Guatemalan society is grounded in stigma and discrimination, not just around HIV and AIDS, but in different areas of social identity – particularly for indigenous people. HIV and…

DFID review: tackling stigma at all levels

09/25/2008 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

Dieneke ter Huurne from the UK Department for International Development spoke about a recent review of stigma-related projects. The International Centre on Research for Women (ICRW) has conducted a review of projects and programmes addressing stigma and discrimination around the world for the DFID, which looks at three main types of activity: trying to reduce…

Spark | HIV and AIDS stigma

09/25/2008 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

Stigma and discrimination are an everyday experience for people living with HIV and AIDS. They have also been identified as key barriers to the achievement of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment care and support by 2010.

Social movements: Key issues to emerge

09/25/2008 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

1. Access to communication as a human right The issue of access not only to treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS but also to communication as a human right was discussed. Beliefs in the indivisibility of people having a right to access communication, just as they have to health, education, social and economic rights,…

Experiences from Brazil

09/25/2008 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

Alessandra Nilo explained how Gestos focuses on communication and gender issues as these are pivotal to addressing HIV and AIDS. Violence against children, specifically girls, makes them vulnerable to HIV and AIDS.

Barriers for HIV-positive women

09/25/2008 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

Fiona Pettit described the work of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) – the only international network run for and by HIV positive women, with members from 134 countries.

Spark | social movements

09/25/2008 | Panos London | Panos London Blog

Social movements of people living with HIV and AIDS have generated solidarity and mutual support, and developed resistance identities to challenge their marginalisation. What can we learn from HIV social movement communication?

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