By Augustine Veliath
Civil society voices from across India will join together during the week of 20-26 May to demand a stronger response, more accountability and more resources in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Global AIDS Week of Action is meant to be the single, defining moment to influence decision-makers before they walk into the halls of the United Nations for the UNGASS Review meeting. They will analyse the small gains, the big losses and make new promises to contain the epidemic. They will decide what the priorities are, and how much money will be spent on what.
The Global AIDS Week of Action is the glue for civil society to band together, generate political pressure and influence decision-makers in making choices that affect our lives.
There is no global coordinating body, no chief organizer. You choose what action, how and where. And if you come up with bright ideas that work, share them with friends and colleagues in other countries.
The success of the Global AIDS Week of Action depends entirely on committed people, networks and organizations that recognize the strategic opportunity the week offers.
During this week, the Positive Women’s Network of India will be organizing the first ever national consultation of children affected by HIV and AIDS. For programmes being organized by other partners and allies see this matrix.