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HIV Advocates is a global initiative to share news, experiences, strategies and new tools that will energize human rights movements and communities fighting HIV/AIDS.

Both veteran activists and those new to the fight - will be encouraged to explore the power of social media and new ways of collaboration to end HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.

This initiative is supported by Levi Strauss Foundation and powered by B-Change Foundation.

Existing Tools

The world wide web and social media is overflowing with resources for the 21st Century advocate. We present our carefully selected tolkit will help your organisation amplify its efforts.

The 2013 report of Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) shows that there is a 33 per cent reduction on infections among children and adults, with greater access to anti-retroviral drugs and treatments.

The Lawyers Collective and O’Neill Institute developed this free, up to date and user-friendly database, which includes more than 1000 judgments, constitutions and international instruments on the intersection between health and human rights around the world.

The MSM Global Forum (MSMGF) has produced advocacy for toolkit for individuals and organizations involved in the MSM response to HIV to enable them to "become advocates right now, whoever and wherever they happen to be".

Learn how to geographically target your YouTube videos using keywords and Google Earth.

Useful legal references and other resources created by legal experts and civil society advocates to help combat policies and laws which criminalise people living with HIV.

Advocacy Stories

Our community partners share their experience on their journey towards a world without AIDS. Video, text and pictures illustrate lessons learned that can help your organisation map out its road to positive social change. Upload your own stories and help others along the way.

Drug User Activists at the Forefront: Community-led Opioid Overdose Advocacy in Thailand
By Karyn Kaplan, co-founder, Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group (TTAG)

It’s safe, it’s effective, it’s affordable, and has no potential for misuse. It’s on the World Health Organization (WHO) Essential Medicines List (EML). So why is naloxone, a chemical compound that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose, not widely available everywhere there is opioid use?

By Ivan Varentsov

“We began outreach at 7:30pm. As always, it was cold and windy in the outreach area. Right away, a guy came up smiling and asked for alcohol swabs and a pack of insulin syringes. Those who came later weren’t so modest. Everybody wanted ointments, but we had little of them. Once they asked me for condoms and lamented that we didn’t have Contex – we only had something called “Love”. Anyway, they took those. Three people asked about naloxone with two of them telling us how it had helped them save people from overdoses – three people saved at once. They asked for our contact details to get some consultations on treatment, including for HIV. One girl talked to Max for a long time telling him about her tribulations with treatment and drug clinics; he gave her some advice. Overall we had about 15 people approach us this time. In general, in spite of the foul weather outreach work went well…”

As we observe the International Human Rights Day, this also marks the culmination of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, that starts on the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

SUMMARY: Many people in Indonesia have no idea on what they can do when they face law enforcers. To address this alarming situation, the Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat (LBH Masyarakat, in English: Community Legal Aid Institute) with the support from the Open Society Foundations, produced this “Know Your Rights” brochure.

On the Global Day of Action, June 26th The Support Don’t Punish campaign focuses on how people who use drugs (PUDs) continue to be abused, stigmatized, tortured, beaten and even killed in the name of the ‘war on drugs’. Civil society organizations around the world work on this issue year round to challenge the stigma and discrimination against PUDs, and overturn discriminatory laws and policies.

Advocacy Calendar

An open-source diary of events, campaigns and activities related to social justice and the fight to end AIDS. A free widget is available allowing organisations and individuals to embed this calendar on their websites.

  • July 20, 2012 - 8:30am to 7:30pm
    Advocacy[2.0] Summit