FW: Urgent request for short quotes and anecdotes from people who experience stigma and discrimination in their lives.

FW: Urgent request for short quotes and anecdotes from people who experience stigma and discrimination in their lives.

Dear colleagues,

UNAIDS is compiling quotes and short anecdotes from people who experience stigma and discrimination in their lives just because of who they are.  These first-person narratives will be featured in an upcoming UNAIDS report ahead of World AIDS Day 2012 (SaturdayDecember 1, 2012).The theme is, ‘What’s it like to be me?’

We want to cover what’s it like to be…a sex worker, a person who injects drugs, a transgender person, a gay man or woman, a person living with HIV, a person with a disability, a migrant worker…in your country.

 

Questions:

  • In less than 50 words, please tell us ‘what it’s like to be you’ in your country.
  • How do you rise above the stigma and discrimination you face?
  • In less than 50 words, describe the stigma and discrimination you have encountered just because of who you are.
  • What keeps you going despite the challenges you face?

We would be really grateful if you could take a few moments to send some brief answers to these questions.  Unfortunately, the timeline is fairly restricted, so responses should be sent as soon as possible to be included.  All responses should be emailed to Kate Thomson at thomsonk@unaids.org. 
 
We appreciate those of you who are able to send something at this very short notice. Please also share with others who you think may be interested to contribute.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Eric L. Sawyer
Civil Society Partnership Advisor
UNAIDS New York Office
60 East 42nd Street, Suite 932
New York, NY 10165-0932
Tel: +1.646.666.8016
Cell: +1.347.420.0958
sawyere@unaids.org

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