From the TUC

World AIDS Day – TUC seminar

31 Oct 2010, By

The TUC is, as usual, marking World AIDS Day on 1 December with a seminar, and this year it’s especially relevant to union organisers. This year the ILO adopted a recommendation on HIV/AIDS at the workplace. Stewart Brown, the FBU Executive member who represented the TUC in the negotiations, will be speaking at our seminar. In large parts of the developing world, AIDS is an organising issue, and it can be in LGBT communities in the UK too. The ILO Recommendation demonstrates just how important the issue is in workplaces: nine tenths of the 33 million people worldwide with HIV/AIDS are of working age (most of the 3 million others are children), and many more have caring responsibilities for a family member with HIV/AIDS. Unison’s Polly Jones will be speaking about the impact of HIV/AIDS on Unison’s partner unions in Southern Africa. There will be other speakers from international unions, NGOs and the world of politics, so please register and come along.

2 Responses to World AIDS Day – TUC seminar

  1. Dr Stephen Muketha
    Nov 1st 2010, 11:02 am

    “In order to raise awareness on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, the World Health Organization established World Aids Day in 1988. Observed on December 1st, it is a chance for organizations and individuals to “demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.” According to 2008 data from the United Nations, approximately 33 million people around the world are living with HIV.

    In Africa Kenya Inter-Religious Aids Consortium ( KIRAC) was proposed and formed in 2001 with a wide mandate to co- ordinate HIV and AIDS Prevention, Care and Education, FBO’s country top leadership meet and draw resolutions on Faith Based Communities engagement in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

    Top leadership of the faith community in Kenya met on 20th November 2003 at Karen. Nairobi under the umbrella of the Kenya Inter Religious AIDS consortium and came up with a number of resolutions as a show or commitment to jointly fight HIV/AIDS, KIRAC worked with FBOs on a campaign with the message “Be pure. Safe sex is never wrong.” And be faithful in your Marriage is a philanthropic foundation that hopes the campaign will change the perception of purity – that to remain pure, all it takes is protection. Several artists volunteered their talent for the project, creating art for T-shirts, print media, and animation.”

    I’m very glad to be part of this selected group!!!
    For more visit, http://www.kirac.or.ke

  2. Dr Stephen Muketha
    Nov 4th 2010, 10:29 am

    Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2010 is ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.
    According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children. During 2008 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS.1 Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.2
    The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

    In Africa Kenya Inter-Religious Aids Consortium ( KIRAC) was proposed and formed in 2001 with a wide mandate to co- ordinate HIV and AIDS Prevention, Care and Education, FBO’s country top leadership meet and draw resolutions on Faith Based Communities engagement in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

    Top leadership of the faith community in Kenya met on 20th November 2003 at Karen. Nairobi under the umbrella of the Kenya Inter Religious AIDS consortium and came up with a number of resolutions as a show or commitment to jointly fight HIV/AIDS, KIRAC worked with FBOs on a campaign with the message “Be pure. Safe sex is never wrong.” And be faithful in your Marriage is a philanthropic foundation that hopes the campaign will change the perception of purity – that to remain pure, all it takes is protection. Several artists volunteered their talent for the project, creating art for T-shirts, print media, and animation.”

    I’m very glad to be part of this selected group!!!
    For more visit, http://www.kirac.or.ke