#WeAreHLM: Highlights from the 2021 Multi-Stakeholder Hearing on HIV & AIDS

“We are not vulnerable or marginalized. We are not numbers or statistics. We are people. Plan and engage with us on the basis of human rights. State all key populations by their denominations in the political declaration so that we are recognized, addressed & protected.”

– MPact Board Member Julian Kerbogghosian of the MENA Plus Network

Watch Julian’s Full Statement on Facebook

Last Friday, our partners from around the world made their interventions at the interactive Multi-Stakeholder Hearing as part of the preparatory process for the UN’s 2021 High-Level Meeting (HLM) on HIV/AIDS. The Hearing is a key way for Civil Society to input the UN’s Political Declaration on HIV – a document that will guide advocacy, policy and practices for UN Member States.

Civil society members from all key populations affected by HIV & AIDS joined together with the hashtag #WeAreHLM to bring attention to the issues that are most important to their communities. Activists and advocates asked important questions about the future of the global HIV response – speaking truth to power and demanding that nobody is left behind in the HIV response. This is a particularly important message as funding and resources continue to shift in global health.

Watch more highlights from the hearing on GNP+’s Facebook Page and take a look at some of our favorite interventions from our global partners:

Samuel Matsikure of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)

Richard Lusimbo of Pan Africa ILGA

Felicita Hikuam of the AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA)

Maria Phelan of the Robert Carr Fund for Civil Society Networks (RCF)

Learn more about MPact’s Advocacy at the United Nations