HIV2020 Online July Recap

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

The first month of HIV2020 Online has been an amazing kick-off to our virtual conference which continues with sessions every week through the month of October!

"The HIV2020 meeting proceeds with a lively celebration and informality, with speakers presenting from the front seats of their cars, speaking multiple languages, performing music, swapping virtual hugs in the chat boxes... In the face of crumbling health systems, lack of food security, and a growing sense of stark inequality and crisis, community-based networks have been a lifeline in many parts of the world... Let’s hope they can reinvigorate the global HIV response as well." - Health and Human Rights Journal

All of our virtual sessions are recorded with dubbing in five languages, and made available as video and audio recordings.

Check out our latest sessions here:

HIV2020 Opening Plenary

6 July 2020 | Session co-organisers: NSWP, INPUD, GNP+, MPact

English | Español | Français | Portuguêsрусский

The opening plenary of HIV2020 laid the groundwork for the sessions to take place over the next three months. A wide range of individuals and groups shared comments on efforts to expand and strengthen the engagement and influence of the people most directly affected by HIV. The plenary had three main parts: an overview and welcome from the directors of the four global networks that conceptualized the event, pre-recorded videos from representatives of non-civil society sectors in national and global HIV responses, and a panel discussion with community-based advocates from key populations representing regions all over the world.

Global Advocacy and National Movement Building: Changing the Paradigm

7 July 2020 | Session co-organisers: NSWP & INPUD

English | Español | Français | Portuguêsрусский

This session focused on the important of connecting national, regional and global key population and community movements, conceptualizing a collective movement reflective of lived realities. Speakers highlighted the need for continual and sustainable resources to support building community leadership and capacity, and for community knowledge to be recognised, respected and valued. Speakers from Latin America and Kenya underscored the importance and value of community engagement in the formation of public policies and services benefiting stigmatised and criminalised key populations.

Beyond Blame: Challenging Criminalization for HIV Justice Worldwide

8 July 2020 | Session co-organisers: HIV Justice Network

English | Español | Français | Portuguêsрусский

This session provided an introduction and update to the global movement to end HIV criminalisation. Speakers shared their experiences and the importance of community-led research, leadership of key populations, legal empowerment, advocacy on law reform, capacity building, network building, and using science in advocacy. The session paid particular focus to the parallels between HIV and COVID-10 criminalization and policing.

The Dollars and Sense of Effective Grantmaking

9 July 2020 | Session co-organisers: Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA) and ViiV Healthcare Positive Action

English | Español | Français | Portuguêsрусский

This session provided an opportunity for a dialogue between funders/grand makers and community-led key population networks and organizations. The discussion largely focused on how to make HIV-related investments align with the needs of communities, particularly in the time of COVID-19. Session participants shared good practices on funder-grantee relationships and gave recommendations on how to reduce barriers to supporting community-led work. Recommendations discussed include: create more flexibility in grantmaking, longer-running funding cycles, easier access to core funding and rework eligibility requirements.

Social Determinants of Health, HIV and Activism

14 July 2020 | Session co-organisers: Housing Works

English | Español | Français | Portuguêsрусский

Panelists in this session discussed how health policies support, reflect and reinforce structural problems and facilitate human rights violations, particularly amongst people who use drugs, trans people and sex workers. They highlighted the inefficient scope or complete absence of policies for key populations and discussed barriers to accessing quality health services. International cooperation will be necessary to hold governments accountable for their health and human rights commitments.

Presentation of SWIT as a Strategy for the Protection of Human Rights of Sex Workers

21 July 2020 | Session co-organisers: PLAPERTS

English | Español | Français | Português русский

PLAPERTS is a regional platform formed by sex worker organisations from 11 Latin American countries. Since 2015, it has applied the Sex Worker Implementation Tool (SWIT) in various actions. Panelists at the session, all of whom are associated with PLAPERTS, discussed how the tool has been used and its impact.

Our Gay Bodies: Body Image, Intimacy, and Community Support through Kink

23 July 2020 | Session co-organisers: MPact

English | Español | Français | Português

The session was structured as an interactive dialogue among gay and bisexual men about how kink has shaped their relationships to their bodies, their sexual partners, and their communities. It was framed around the question: What can we learn from identities, behaviors and practices that thrived underground and still do in most parts of the world?

Drug Policy and Harm Reduction: Prevention of HIV/AIDS

28 July 2020 | Session Co-Organizers: Prevention of HIV/AIDS

English | Español | Français | Português русский

This session began with overview of the consequences of criminalization, stigma and discrimination towards people who use drugs, which often include abuses and human rights violations by law enforcement agents or health professionals (among many others). Stigmatization can actually kill people because it contributes to compulsory detention and rehabilitation, social life exclusion, limitations on access to health and justice, and the ‘normalization’ of violence. Current drug policies often make the situation worse because they are based on punitive approaches and do not focus on public health. Such policies persist despite clear evidence of their inability to address criminal markets defined by violence or to safeguard the health and human rights of users.

Art Performance: Divine & Cursed

29 July 2020 | Session Co-Organizers: Diabolique Cabaret

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English | Español | Français | Portugués русский 

This session at HIV 2020 included the first-ever production of ‘Divine and Cursed’, a performance art piece by Diabolique Cabaret, a Colombian group, with music by Cosey Fanni Tutti, an English performance artist and musician. Two artists, Hellvira and Tahuanty, performed it from their home’s basement, with the walls and what looked like a bed covered in white fabric and fake blood all around. (At one point, they used this blood to write ‘HIV’ on the back wall.)


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