UNICEF: The Paris Principles: agreement to end the use of children in war.
Watch this advocacy video on child recruitment into armed conflict, release and reintegration developed by UNICEF and partners of the Paris Principles Steering Group.
To learn more about the ‘Paris Commitments’, please visit: http://uni.cf/ParisCommit
Governments meeting at a UN Summit on AIDS have taken a critical step by committing to reach 15 million people with HIV treatment by 2015 – but they must take immediate concrete action to make this treatment target a reality.
Yippee for the commitment! Now we just have to make sure there is actually follow through…
Yesterday (June 8th) was the universal launch of the PAPER DOLL CAMPAIGN—a project of Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme (UAFC). For the launch of the campaign, hundreds of paper dolls assembled in massive chains were put on display at the opening day of the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS in New York City. Each paper doll bears a hand-written message from an individual who wants her or his demand for female condoms to be seen – and heard.
“Despite the frequent claims of policy makers in the field of HIV/AIDS, there is a huge demand for female condoms. This demand comes from women who currently have no other way to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. It also comes from men who find female condoms more pleasurable to use than male condoms. We are asking delegates who influence world policy on HIV/AIDS here, today, to listen to the voices of these women and men and translate these demands into action.”—Lucie Van Mens, Universal Access to Female Condoms
The Paper Doll Campaign is already being implemented by 20 non-governmental organizations in 12 countries in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. More partners are joining weekly.
So why is this campaign important?
Because it quite literally illustrates the global demand for female condoms. Addressing this need and demand is an urgent issue.
“At the YWCA [one of the supporting organizations of the campaign], we believe it is essential to provide adequate resources to support the capacity of women and girls to lead change on HIV and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and rights issues – and this includes access to the female condom as a life saving device. The Paper Doll Campaign will be a fun way to raise awareness on this.”—Sarah Davies, General Secretary of the YWCA of New Zealand
Right now, less than 1% of all condoms distributed globally are female condoms. The female condom is a very effective tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS. But this effective tool is currently unavailable or unaffordable to millions of people worldwide who need it for protection against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. Each doll speaks for one person (and many others) who wants this reality to change.
“Less than one percent of all condoms distributed globally are female condoms. Over 99 percent are male condoms. This means that very few of the millions of people who would like to use female condoms for protection from pregnancy, HIV and other STI’s can get them. Even where they are available, they are often priced out of the reach of most people…” —Jane Bruning of Positive Women Inc.
UAFC is a partnership of four Dutch organizations: Oxfam Novib, Rutgers WPF, i+solutions and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thousands more of these paper dolls will be carried into the Dutch Parliament when UAFC holds its conference there in November.
For more information, check out Zawadi Smartlove (the doll pictured below) on Facebook. :)
Our staff heads out the door early to get the rally at the UN Summit on AIDS started at Bryant Park.
We’re asking world leaders at the summit to put 9 million people on treatment to turn the tide on AIDS and #StopTheVirus. (Learn more here.)
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