"Making Media Work for HIV Justice: An introduction to media engagement for advocates opposing HIV criminalisation" is the latest addition to the HIV JUSTICE Toolkit, which provides resources from all over the world to assist advocates in approaching a range of advocacy targets, including lawmakers, prosecutors and judges, police, and the media. The toolkit aims to support advocates to oppose HIV criminalisation at all levels – from educating communities and lawmakers to defending individual cases. It includes all kinds of resources from all over the world that we hope will be useful depending on your advocacy targets (such as lawmakers; prosecutors and judges; police; and the media).

In December 2017, AIDS Action Europe (AAE) has become Steering Committee Member of HIV Justice Worldwide, which is a growing, global movement to shape the discourse on HIV criminalisation as well as share information and resources, network, build capacity, mobilise advocacy, and cultivate a community of transparency and collaboration.

Its mission is to seek to abolish criminal and similar laws, policies and practices that regulate, control and punish people living with HIV based on their HIV-positive status and it is lead by ten Steering Committee Members, which are:

  • AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA)
  • Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  • Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)
  • HIV Justice Network International
  • Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW)
  • Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA)
  • Sero Project (SERO)
  • AIDS Action Europe
  • AIDS-Free World
  • Southern and African Litigation Centre (SALC) 

In addition, we like to share the announcement of the HIV Justice Network community webinar, which takes place in April 5, 2018. Community journalists are welcome to attend but are embargoed from directly quoting anyone participating in the webinar without the express permission of the organisers and the individual involved. Get further information at hivjustice.net.