In April 2016, thanks to generous funding for 2016-18 from the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund, seven global, regional and national civil society organisations that have worked closely, but informally, together on HIV criminalisation for a number years, announced a brand new initiative, HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE.
HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE will enhance and build on contributions its founding partners have previously made: monitoring, informing, connecting and engaging with People Living with HIV networks, civil society organisations and others who advocate against HIV criminalisation, and engaging policy-makers in pursuit of protecting against HIV criminalisation.
The initiative allows us to:
- Avoid duplication by bringing together the many existing resources on this issue, sharing information and coordinating advocacy efforts.
- Build broader consensus amongst People Living with HIV networks, civil society, policymakers, key scientists/clinicians, criminal justice actors and funders that ‘ending AIDS’ will not happen unless we put an end to HIV criminalisation.
- Create new energy and action, ‘riding the wave’ of recent advocacy successes, pushing for commitment to change at the highest level.
- Develop and strengthen much-needed civil society capacity to ensure continued advocacy against HIV criminalisation, and to sustain this capacity in order to further advocate against related punitive laws, policies and practices aimed at people living with HIV and which impede the HIV response.