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PANCAP Justice For All – A Movement!

The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) Justice for All Programme got underway with national consultations in Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis and, at the time of press, Grenada .

 


The Justice for All Programme takes forward a process that is based on a thorough assessment of the status of stigma and discrimination in the Caribbean. In this context, “it builds on and incorporates the lessons from the DFID/CARICOM/PANCAP Champions for Change initiative against stigma and discrimination; activities undertaken by UNAIDS; the Health Policy/Futures Group, Caribbean HIV and AIDS Alliance, the Caribbean Network of People living with HIV and AIDS, and other regional and international projects/initiatives addressing human rights, particularly the guidelines provided by UNAIDS”.


The Justice for All Programme seeks to develop a multi-pronged roadmap that aims at improving the legal environment and the removal/modification of discriminatory laws related to HIV, in accordance with the goal of getting to zero. The specific issues to be addressed, include:

 

  • Enhancing the family spirit in the form of national and regional solidarity to support and care for those in need

  • Increasing access to Treatment, including affordable medicines

  • Reducing gender inequality, including violence against women, girls and children

  • Promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights, in the context of self worth

  • Achieving legislative reforms for modifying and repealing discriminatory laws which infringe human rights

  • Providing targets and indicators for tracking progress

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Douglas of St. Kitts and Nevis and spearheaded by the UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean, Prof. Edward Greene, in collaboration with the PANCAP Coordinating Unit and UNAIDS, a number of community conversations have begun in several countries. These have engaged a wide variety of stakeholders – parliamentarians, private sector, youth, faith based organizations, Civil Society – and according to Prof. Greene have “opened the channels for dialogue and possibilities for collective action in accelerating the human rights agenda in the Caribbean. “This augurs well for enhancing the family spirit … to support, care and demonstrate tolerance for those in need regardless of race, class, gender and sexual orientation”, he noted.


Another round of national consultations are planned for early next year in Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Belize, the Dominican Republic and Haiti and will be followed by a regional consultation in Jamaica, scheduled for April 2014.


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