XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010)
The XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) will take place in Vienna from July 18 - 23, 2010.
Organised by the International AIDS Society (IAS), in partnership with a number of international bodies and local partners, it is the largest most comprehensive HIV and AIDS conference in the world.
The World YWCA is a member of the Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC) representing women, young people and faith-based organisations and was also part of the CCC for AIDS 2008. As part of the planning committee, the World YWCA has worked to ensure that women and girls are integral to all aspects of the conference agenda.
The World YWCA at AIDS 2010
The World YWCA intends to build on involvement in AIDS 2008 and support women, especially young women and positive women to meaningfully participate in the conference, benefiting from the immense opportunity that this conference offers to change lives, shift perceptions, and increase knowledge and advocacy on HIV.
As one of the largest women’s organisations in the world and the convenor of the International Women’s Summit on Women’s Leadership on HIV and AIDS (Nairobi 2007), the World YWCA is committed to supporting and encouraging women’s bold leadership on HIV and AIDS at AIDS 2010 and beyond.
Read the World YWCA Concept Note for AIDS 2010, Vienna
View full list of World YWCA Sessions for AIDS 2010, Vienna
The World YWCA served on the Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC) of the XVII and the XVIII International AIDS Conference representing women, young people and faith-based organisations. As World YWCA SRHR and HIV Coordinator, Sophie Dilmitis represented the World YWCA on the CCC and played a key role in many aspects of AIDS 2008 and AIDS 2010 recently held in Vienna, Austria from July 18-23, 2010. World YWCA also organised a number of sessions at the conference, and coordinated a delegation of 24 women, mostly young and living with HIV who came from all corners of the globe.
On Thursday, 22 July, one day before the end of the XVIII International AIDS Conference, participants of the Young Women’s Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), which was hosted by the World YWCA at the beginning of the Conference, gathered once again to share and to discuss. This time around the objective of the gathering was not to develop goals and key messages, but to debrief and to share their Conference experiences and also to evaluate how the key messages that were developed in the initial meeting were used during the Conference, and whether they were used at all.
The Global Village is the heart of the XVIII International AIDS Conference. It is alive with information! It is a space to share knowledge and skills, build coalitions and promote active learning amongst individuals and organisations living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
On Wednesday July 21, 2010, the Regional Session on Latin America was held at the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) in Vienna, Austria. The session discussed the region’s programmes on the HIV epidemic and it also examined the governments’ responses. The session also addressed the UN goals on universal access to sustainable programmes, treatment, care and support for this year.
Early in the morning on Thursday July 20, the World YWCA hosted a satellite session called ‘Wanted: Comprehensive Solutions for all Women’. Discussions on comprehensive approaches for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), HIV and AIDS and violence against women (VAW) took place focusing on prevention strategies and women’s and young women’s empowerment.
"Interactive Dialogue - Women of Faith Creating a Safer World: Addressing Stigma and Discrimination"
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010, women of faith active in the HIV and AIDS response gathered at the Multi-Faith Networking Zone within the Global Village at the International AIDS Conference, to discuss the issues of stigma and discrimination and how, as women of faith, they can work towards putting an end to this terrible reality. The interactive, intergenerational, conversation, consisting of a diverse panel of YWCA women from different regions, cultures and faith, as well as women living with HIV, was organised by the World YWCA and facilitated by Marie-Claude Julsaint, World YWCA Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean.
On Tuesday July 20, 2010, the World YWCA delegation at the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) joined between 9,000 and 20,000 activists in a Human Rights March through the streets of central Vienna.
Young Women's Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Access to health care services, safe spaces to share and discuss, confidentiality, right to make choices, these were just some of the issues young women attending the International AIDS conference shared when asked the question “what SRHR issue is important to you at this point in your life?” The responses were given by participants of the Young Women’s Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights organised by the World YWCA on July 19, 2010.
An Intergenerational Conversation at AIDS 2010
On July 18, 2010, the World YWCA hosted the first of four sessions to take place at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria. This session was co-moderated by Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, World YWCA General Secretary, and Liping Mian, World AIDS Campaign Youth Campaign Coordinator.
A Multi-Faith Pre-Conference took place prior to the XVIII International AIDS Conference on July 17 in Vienna, Austria. Centered on the theme ‘Rights Here, Right Now: What’s faith got to do with it?’, the one-day pre-conference allowed over 250 people from different faiths to explore the intersections between faith traditions and human rights.