Advocacy Skills Building meeting for women living with HIV/AIDS and press Briefing/Media campaign to commemorate World AIDS day/Human Rights Day With the support of the United Nations Development Funds for Women (UNIFEM), the Centre for Women’s Health and Information organized an Advocacy Skill Building Training for women living with HIV/AIDS and an advocacy/media campaign in Abuja in 2009.
The Advocacy Training/Media Campaign was held with following as its specific objectives:
- To raise awareness on and promote respect for the rights of women living with HIV/AIDS
- To create a platform for women living with HIV/AIDS advocate respect for their rights
- To build the capacity of positive women for improved advocacy
- To carry out a media campaign in commemoration of the 2009 World AIDS Day
The Advocacy Training had in attendance 23 participants. It was divided into three sessions – Opening session, Training/Skills Building Session and Group Work. A position paper on the situation of women living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria emerged from the training meeting. A Press briefing/media campaign was held on the 10th of December commemorating the World AIDS Day/Human Rights Day 2009 at which the position paper was presented.
The position paper stated that the current evidence on HIV/AIDS infections reveals an increase in the national prevalence rate despite the enormous human and financial resources that have been committed to HIV/AIDS programs. It highlighted the necessary actions required of the Nigerian government and all relevant agencies at different levels and called upon them to take urgent actions in ensuring the implementation of their recommendations.