Dear PCB Members, Colleagues and Partners,
The 50th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) thematic segment topic will be “Positive learning: harnessing the power of education to end HIV-related stigma and discrimination, empower young people and provide a comprehensive HIV response” and will take place on 24 June 2022.
The thematic segment will provide an opportunity for the PCB to discuss the need for national programmes that holistically address the needs of young people in all their diversity, especially young women, young key populations and young people living with HIV. It will highlight the role of the education sector as an entry point for promoting comprehensive sexuality education––including HIV knowledge and awareness, prevention, testing and treatment, and ending stigma and discrimination. It will also emphasize the importance of linkages to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and social protection services.
The thematic segment will provide an occasion for the PCB to hear from young activists––including young women, young people living with HIV and young key populations––and will feature perspectives from teachers, ministry of education officials and civil society leaders. It will highlight testimonies from young women, young people living with HIV and young key populations about their experiences, underscoring the difficult reality that, for many, the experience of stigma and discrimination in school settings remains widespread.
The thematic day will also be an opportunity to highlight examples of best practices for creating an inclusive and health-promoting learning environment for young people in all their diversity, through examples of successful programmes and policies for in- and out-of-school contexts. In particular, it will spotlight examples of the roles that digital media, radio, tv and film can play to complement a high-quality education on HIV prevention, testing and treatment and for ending stigma and discrimination among young people.
To inform the session, UNAIDS is seeking case studies of where successful programmes and policies to end HIV-related stigma, violence, and discrimination in education settings have been implemented, where multi-sectoral holistic approaches have been implemented to meet the needs of learners living with and impacted by HIV and where digital, broadcast and print media have been harnessed to promote safe, inclusive and healthy learning environments.
Scope of submissions
Specifically, UNAIDS is seeking examples in the following areas:
Who can submit?
UNAIDS welcomes submissions from national AIDS programmes; Ministries of Education, Ministries of Health and other relevant Ministries; civil society organisations particularly those representing or providing services to young people living with or affected by HIV and key populations; academic institutions; national human rights institutions; United Nations system and other international organizations; and other national or local entities involved in the work on HIV and youth and eliminating stigma and discrimination.
How will the submissions be used?
The submissions will be used to inform the background note to the UNAIDS 50th PCB Thematic Segment. Some submissions may also be selected to be presented during the Thematic Day on 24 June 2022. Finally, all the submissions received before the deadline of 2 May 2022 will be compiled in a document on good practices which will be posted on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board website.
Submissions are accepted in English and French.
The submissions must be made through the electronic submission form by close of business Monday 2 May 2022:
For more information on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, please see: http://www.unaids.org/en/aboutunaids/unaidsprogrammecoordinatingboard/
For questions on this call for submissions of good practices, please contact Caroline Ngonze [email protected] and Adriana Hewson [email protected].
Thank you for your time and attention.
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