Upcoming HIV2020 Sessions by Region

Updated: Aug 22


The HIV2020 Conference has been re-imagined as a series of 2-hour sessions that are taking place online between the months of July and October. HIV2020 Online is a key population-led, inter-disciplinary, and sex-positive event which reflects messages of affinity, solidarity, and intersectionality. Sessions range from topics such as increasing funding for community-led responses to HIV to linking HIV with broader health and human rights movements. Most importantly, our event is committed to reaffirming the leading role communities play in the global HIV response.


All sessions are free and are available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Russian. Registration is open now and past events can be viewed on YouTube or listened to on Soundcloud.


Here we have collated some of the upcoming HIV2020 events by region. These events feature case studies or communities from particular countries, but the themes of the events are still of relevance to audiences from around the world.


Africa

The Sex Work Academy Africa/l’Académie Africaine des Travailleurs du Sexe Africain Created by SWAA // 2016 // 5:00m Part of Not Your Rescue Project: Films from the Sex Workers Right Movement

The Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA) is a ground-breaking learning programme for community empowerment and capacity building, led by and for sex workers. The SWAA brings together national teams of sex workers from across Africa to develop organising skills, learn best practices, stimulate national sex worker movements, and strengthen the regional network, African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA).


ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, Ogera Documentary end violence against sex workers Created by OGERA Uganda // 2018, Uganda // 25:53m Part of Not Your Rescue Project: Films from the Sex Workers Right Movement

Originally made for the Dec 17 day to Eliminate Violence Against Sex Workers, this film showcases powerful stories of resilience of migrant and refugee sex workers in Uganda. Content warning: This film contains stories about violence against sex workers and graphic depictions of assault.


Clan-destine: The Lived Realities of African LGBTQI+

Clan-destine is an exhibition of art and photography hosted by Gateway Health Institute that tells the stories of African LGBTIQ+ people. The exhibition aims to create awareness, not only of the hardships and lack of access to justice faced by African LGBTIQ+ people, but also of love and defiant sexiness in the face of adversity.


Luv ‘til It Hurts: Experiences from Egypt & Brazil

This exhibition presents a series of works from ANKH Association (Arab Network for Knowledge about Human rights) and Brazilian social artist Alberto Pereira Jr. It explores the situation of people living with HIV in Egypt and Brazil, seeking to discuss social stigmas related to the disease.


Asia and the Pacific

Film & Discussion: China’s Transgender Sex Workers Presented by Michael Liu August 18, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Through the documentary film screening and photo exhibition, participants would be able to have basic understanding of the real lives of transgender women sex workers in the Yao community in northeast China.


Soliciting for Change: Understanding the impacts of the Swedish Model and full decriminalisation of sex work Presented by ICRSE and Scarlet Alliance September 3, 1:00 AM – 3:00 AM PDT

The session will explore the impact of different legal frameworks on sex workers’ vulnerabilities to violence, human rights violation and HIV. The first part of the session will include 5 short presentations on the consequences of the Swedish Model of client criminalisation in Sweden, Norway, France and Ireland as well as specifically on trans sex workers. The second part of the session will focus on decriminalisation and sex workers’ advocacy in Norther Territories, Australia.


Overcoming Legal Barriers as a mechanism for the struggle for rights of vulnerable populations in the EECA region Presented by ENPUD September 10, 4:00 AM – 6:00 AM PDT (Session held in Russian)

Injection drug users remain the most vulnerable to HIV in the EECA region. Combining efforts of people who use drugs to influence the drug policies of their countries, as well as developing strategies and plans for influencing drug policy changes at the regional level is one of the key tasks in the fight against the HIV epidemic in the EECA region.


Europe

Soliciting for Change: Understanding the impacts of the Swedish Model and full decriminalisation of sex work Presented by ICRSE and Scarlet Alliance September 3, 1:00 AM – 3:00 AM PDT

The session will explore the impact of different legal frameworks on sex workers’ vulnerabilities to violence, human rights violation and HIV. The first part of the session will include 5 short presentations on the consequences of the Swedish Model of client criminalisation in Sweden, Norway, France and Ireland as well as specifically on trans sex workers. The second part of the session will focus on decriminalisation and sex workers’ advocacy in Norther Territories, Australia.


Overcoming Legal Barriers as a mechanism for the struggle for rights of vulnerable populations in the EECA region Presented by ENPUD September 10, 4:00 AM – 6:00 AM PDT (Session held in Russian)

Injection drug users remain the most vulnerable to HIV in the EECA region. Combining efforts of people who use drugs to influence the drug policies of their countries, as well as developing strategies and plans for influencing drug policy changes at the regional level is one of the key tasks in the fight against the HIV epidemic in the EECA region.


Latin America

Strengthening the safety and security of gay and bisexual men and their program implementers in Latin America and global Presented by Sero Project, FHI 360, SOMOSGay, MPact, and Aids Healthcare Foundation August 20, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM PDT

This session will review key safety and security concerns experienced by gay and bisexual men and their program implementers and will provide an overview of approaches to assess and address safety and security threats to services. It will throw a spotlight on aspects of safety and security related to the criminalization of gay and bisexual men and HIV status in Latin America, the Venezuelan migration crisis and the political participation of young gay and bisexual men.


Medicalised Bodies, Absent States Presented by Redlactrans and IRGT August 25, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM PDT [Session held in Spanish]

This session will present the "Guide to Recommendations on comprehensive healthcare for Trans women in Latin America and the Caribbean," a trigger to work on strategies to improve high-quality access to health services as well as treatments.


HIV, Drugs and Positive Women in Response Presented by LANPUD and HIV without Discrimination Department - INADI Instituto Nacional contra la Discriminacion, Xenofobia y Racismo (Argentina) September 22, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT [Session held in Spanish]

The general objective of the session is to create a space for the exchange of experiences between people and organizations working on harm reduction issues around the persistent gaps in working with women and their advocacy work facing the HIV epidemic in the Latin American region.


Women, bodies and experiences: Individual and collective empowerment through the Theater of the Oppressed Presented by ICW and HIVOS Latin America October 23, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM PDT (Session held in Spanish)

Promote ICW Latin America's strategy on capacity building for the empowerment of women with HIV so that they can claim and defend their human rights. ICW’s strategy contemplates social innovation methodologies for empowerment, based on the theater of the oppressed and popular feminist education which uses bodies, emotions and artistic elements to promote critical and participatory reflection on women's oppressions and emancipation alternatives.


Luv ‘til It Hurts: Experiences from Egypt & Brazil

This exhibition presents a series of works from ANKH Association (Arab Network for Knowledge about Human rights) and Brazilian social artist Alberto Pereira Jr. It explores the situation of people living with HIV in Egypt and Brazil, seeking to discuss social stigmas related to the disease.


North America and the Caribbean


Medicalised Bodies, Absent States Presented by Redlactrans and IRGT August 25, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM PDT [Session held in Spanish]

This session will present the "Guide to Recommendations on comprehensive healthcare for Trans women in Latin America and the Caribbean," a trigger to work on strategies to improve high-quality access to health services as well as treatments.


Grassroots Response to the Drug War: Fighting Back Presented by Rivery Valley Organising Project: Unharming Ohio August 27, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

In Vancouver, Canada, and Columbus, Ohio, harm reduction has emerged as a community-led response to North America’s overdose crisis. Through the experiences of drug-user activists and their allies, this session will explain harm reduction programs and strategies that are saving people’s lives.


Data from the Ground Up: Scaling up community-led data collection, management and analysis Presented by Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC), Global Health Centre Graduate Institute, GrenCHAP, Trans Este Podemos Avanzar (TEPA) and UNAIDS September 08, 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM PDT

This session will share participatory action research approaches to population size estimation methods, drawing on experience by communities and civil society in the Eastern Caribbean, and a study by an anthropologist who documented the process.


The Nine Genders, A Re-introduced Indigenous Way of Organizing Gender Presented by Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network September 24, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

The concept of Nine Genders moves beyond the normative binary (male /female) to embrace multiple articulations of gender, including the Indigenous concept of Two Spirits. In this workshop, Michael Parsons will share teachings he has received around the 9 Genders in the way it was given to him—through the gifting of tobacco.


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