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  1. The bravest boy I know

    UNAIDS and the UN World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation have released a new book on HIV for children. The book is about two friends, Kendi and Kayla. Kendi is living with HIV. The story is set in Africa and illustrated by celebrated artist Sujean Rim. These books will be delivered to schools across Africa through ST-EP’s Small Libraries project. The objective is to help everyone understand that young people can live normal and fulfilling lives with HIV.

  2. License to be yourself: trans children and youth

    In 2014, the Open Society Foundations produced License to be Yourself, a report on progressive gender recognition laws and policies for trans people, and the activist strategies behind them. This brief is one of four complementary resources for activists. Each brief summarizes key arguments made by those opposing access to legal gender recognition. This resource focuses on minimum age restrictions that deny trans children and youth the right to legal gender recognition. It provides arguments that can be used by those advocating for rights-based gender recognition laws and policies. …

  3. HIV-related discrimination among grade six students in nine southern African countries

    Background: HIV-related stigmatisation and discrimination by young children towards their peers have important consequences at the individual level and for our response to the epidemic, yet research on this area is limited. Methods: We used nationally representative data to examine discrimination of HIV-positive children by grade six students (n = 39,664) across nine countries in Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. …

  4. Children’s representations of school support for HIV-affected peers in rural Zimbabwe

    Background: HIV has left many African children caring for sick relatives, orphaned or themselves HIV-positive, often facing immense challenges in the absence of significant support from adults. With reductions in development funding, public sector budgetary constraints, and a growing emphasis on the importance of indigenous resources in the HIV response, international policy allocates schools a key role in ‘substituting for families’ (Ansell, 2008) in supporting child health and well-being. …

  5. Its Elementary, talking about gay issues in schools

    All kids are affected by anti-gay prejudice, and all adults have the ability and responsibility to address it. Trailer for GroundSpark's earliest film in the Respect for All Project.

  6. En Paraguay no adoptan niños con VIH y sida

    Artículo de prensa sobre la discriminación que sufren en Paraguay los niños que viven con VIH. Entrevista a Mirta Ruiz Díaz, coordinadora general de la Fundación Vencer Paraguay, quien describe la situación de los niños que viven con VIH en Paraguay y también la situación general de la epidemia a nivel nacional.

  7. Crianças e adolescentes com HIV/Aids: revisão de estudos sobre revelação do diagnóstico, adesão e estigma

    O artigo discute os temas revelação do diagnóstico, adesão e estigma relativos a crianças e adolescentes infectados pelo Vírus da Imunodeficiência Humana (HIV). A revisão da literatura incluiu artigos nacionais e internacionais, publicados a partir do ano 2000, e foi realizada por meio de buscas eletrônicas em bases de dados. Foram selecionados vinte e um artigos, duas dissertações de mestrado e cinco publicações institucionais. Concluiu-se que a revelação do diagnóstico tende a ser postergada pelos cuidadores. …

  8. HIV/AIDS, Stigma and Children: A literature review

    This research suggests that stigma and discrimination can exacerbate the material and psychological problems children already face in context of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This paper reviews the literature on HIV/AIDS, children and stigma to interrogate the following questions: What is the evidence that HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination directly affects children, both materially and psychologically? How does HIV/AIDS-related stigma impact materially and psychologically, on adult caregivers and household structures supporting children affected by HIV/AIDS? …

  9. Understanding and challenging HIV stigma. Toolkit for action. Module I: Children and stigma

    This document is part of a toolkit written for and by HIV trainers. It has been designed to help trainers plan and organise educational sessions with community leaders or organised groups. The toolkit consists in a collection of participatory training exercises to help people at all levels understand stigma - what it means, why it is an important issue, what its root causes are - and develop strategies to challenge stigma and discrimination. The present document contains the Module I: "Children and stigma". …

  10. Boletín de prensa por algunas organizaciones civiles sobre VIH/SIDA y discriminación

    Este boletín presenta quejas de organizaciones civiles en la CNDH por violación del derecho a la educación de niños y niñas VIH positivos, exigiendo que la SEP - Secretaría de Educación Pública -asuma su responsabilidad ante expulsiones basadas en la discriminación.

  11. Discrimination against the girl child: female infanticide, female genital cutting and honor killing

    The booklet describes practices that rob girl children of control over their persons and sometimes, rob them of their lives. It examines the cultural and practical motivations behind female infanticide, female genital cutting and honour killing and explores what is being done to put an end to these human right abuses.

  12. Rural children living in farm systems affected by HIV/AIDS: some issues for the rights of the children on the basis of FAO HIV/AIDS studies in Africa

    The objective of this paper is to analyse the situation of children that are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and that live in farm-households in Africa. The questions raised are: Are rural children living in "exceptionally difficult conditions" and what are their future prospects? Do they receive the special consideration they need on the basis of available resources? Have they been discriminated against? The paper presents some information extracted from FAO studies which shed light on elements for response.

  13. The role of stigma and discrimination in increasing the vulnerability of children and youth with and affected by HIV/AIDS

    This report clearly illustrates the powerful and negative effects of stigma on those affected by HIV/AIDS. The stories from children are particularly powerful and impacting. This report aims to put across the message that combating HIV/AIDS requires a strong and coordinated reponse from all sectors of society.

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