Voice of America, an international public broadcaster, profiled Asia Catalyst at the International AIDS Conference this week. Check out the great interviews with executive director Meg Davis and China program director Gisa Hartmann here (in Mandarin).
July 2012 Archives
Shen Tingting, a prominent HIV/AIDS and human rights advocate in Beijing, China, has been working with marginalized communities since her college days. In 2007, she, along with Li Dan, co-founded the Korekata AIDS Law Center. Until 2012, she was the deputy director of its parent organization, Dongjen Center for Human Rights Education and Action [http://www.dongjen.org/]. At Dongjen, she founded and managed an outreach program for sex workers in Beijing after she earned her masters from Renmin University in Social Welfare in 2009. Currently Tingting is a visiting research fellow at Asia Catalyst.
Tingting has written and advocated on a range of rights-related HIV/AIDS issues, including testing and confidentiality, compensation for victims of China's blood disaster, and the rights of sex workers and drug users. She is the author of a new report on HIV testing and human rights in China, Real-Name Testing: Is China Ready? and previously conducted research to co-author a major bilingual human rights report, China's Blood Disaster: The Way Forward. Her articles have also appeared in the HIV/AIDS Law and Policy Review.
She will present a poster on compensation for China's HIV blood disaster on Tuesday, July 24th from 12:30 to 2:30pm and will speak in several other sessions. In the run-up to this year's International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2012, Tingting sat down with Asia Catalyst to chat about her work.
By Meg Davis and Shen Tingting
About 4 months ago, Guangxi and Hunan provinces announced plans to require real-name testing for HIV, and the Ministry of Health expressed support stating it should be a national policy. Immediately there was a huge outcry from the China Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS, the China Gay Male Health Forum, and others.
A joint report from Asia Catalyst and Korekata AIDS Law Center calls on China to protect patient confidentiality, provide counseling, and end compulsory testing in order to encourage more people to get tested for HIV. Without these basic rights, Chinese government programs that aim to expand HIV testing will not succeed.
The following briefly outlines our joint report and conclusions, but first we want to tell you about a community-run HIV testing program right here in Beijing, which has been dealing with these issues on the ground.
Please join Asia Catalyst in a series of workshops, roundtables, and presentations on HIV/AIDS and human rights in Asia. Look for us at our Global Village, or online at asiacatalyst.org, @saralmdavis, and http://www.facebook.com/asiacatalyst
Below is the complete list of all our events and the presentations by the China delegation with time, date, location. See you there!
Sunday, July 22:
Know It, Prove It, Change It Workshop
Through a hands-on approach, participants will gain a basic understanding of the international human rights framework and how it applies to HIV, core skills in human rights research and documentation, and the basics of human rights advocacy planning. Our training curriculum handbooks will be provided. The workshop will be led by Karyn Kaplan (Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group), Sara L.M. Davis (Asia Catalyst) and Shen Tingting (Korekata AIDS Law Center). Chinese language translation available.
Time: Workshop: 2:00-6:00pm; Buffet dinner: 6:00-8:00pm
Pre-registration required: Open to all staff of AIDS NGOs, whether or not you are registered for the conference. Please contact Shalena Krumm (email@example.com) to register.
AIDS 2012 Comes To Our Backyard
The largest AIDS conference in the world, brining together over 20,000 individuals, is coming to Washington DC this summer. Asia Catalyst is pleased to award travel scholarships to help four Chinese AIDS activists take part in AIDS 2012, the world's largest AIDS conference. The four activists - three women and one man -- include the mother of a child living with HIV/AIDS, a former sex worker, a rights advocate, and a youth leader. They will speak at the conference, join in roundtable discussions, and share policy recommendations with the UN and international agencies. Together, they represent the next generation of civil society leaders in China's fight against HIV/AIDS.
In preparation for the International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. in July, the China team, together with three student volunteers from the International School of Beijing, has been supporting our three Chinese delegates to finalize their presentations, posters, and design brochures about their organizations.
By: WeCanEndAIDSJuly 24th, 2012 Downtown Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday, July 24, we want you to mobilize in the streets for economic justice, human rights and an end to AIDS as the massive International AIDS Conference meets in Washington DC.
Over 30,000 people from local DC neighborhoods, across the USA, and worldwide - will march together to illuminate the social and economic costs of putting profit in front of the resources, rights and policies that can end AIDS.
Together, we will call out to our leaders this clear, compelling truth:
We can end AIDS in the next generation, through economic justice and human rights to bring prevention, treatment and a cure to all.
With AIDS 2012 (International AIDS Conference) right around the corner, and the 25th anniversary of The AIDS Memorial Quilt, this year Washington, DC is becoming a hub for HIV/AIDS awareness.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt, originally conceived of in 1987, in San Francisco, has now become an international symbol of the human toll of the AIDS epidemic as it aims to "inspire action in the age of AIDS."
China's Ministry of Health announced this month that they have lifted the ban on lesbian blood donation put in place in 1988. The lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men will stand.
Blood donations are an important component of the growing public health system in China and were thrown into the spotlight after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Xian, the director of Beijng-based lesbian organization, Tongyu, applauded the change in guidelines, telling the Global Times "It is also about our dignity and the elimination of blood donation discrimination."