Let’s end stigma and end isolation to end AIDS
Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality
(Castries, December 10, 2017) Today, the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) joins the global family in commemorating Human Rights Day. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the equality and dignity of every human being and stipulates that every government has a core duty to enable all people to enjoy all their inalienable rights and freedoms.
Statement on the occasion of Human Rights Day 2017
ECADE Calls Elected Leaders To
Protect And Serve All Citizens
World OutGames Miami Human Rights Conference was positioned to be the most powerful global gathering of internationally respected human rights activists, researchers, legal scholars and trade organizations. Organisers set out to capture the hearts, open minds with compelling and current insights about the LGBTQI community from international leaders at the World OutGames 4th Global Human Rights Conference taking place May 26 through May 28, 2017. The conference will feature three tracks promoting inclusivity in Sports, Health & Wellness and Global Social Justice.
The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc. (ECADE) welcomes several positive decisions coming out of thehe 47th General Assembly of the Organisation of American Sates (OAS). ECADE notes, however, reservations expressed by eastern Caribbean governments in respect of the Resolution on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights.
There is clearly a recognition among the majority of OAS members of the need to strengthen mechanisms to investigate human rights violations, secure justice and ensure the protection of all peoples of the Caribbean,” says Communications and Programmmes Officer Maria Fontenelle,
(Castries, December 1, 2017) As we mark World AIDS Day 2017, we do so with the realization that the goal of ending new HIV infections and controlling AIDS is within sight. Recent studies confirm a drop in the number of new HIV cases and an increase in diagnosis and treatment. Still, the Caribbean is lagging behind much of the developed world in that regard.
Stigma, discrimination, and criminalization remain some of the biggest barriers to achieving targets to end new HIV infections and end AIDS. HIV infections in Latin America and the Caribbean remain at 120,000 new infections per year and while 64% of people living with HIV in the Caribbean know their status, very few are open about their HIV/AIDS status.
Board members engaged in a three-day accountability and governance workshop in May to build capacity to better meet ECADE's goals. Consultant Josh Drayton of the University of the West Indies St. Augustine, conducted the workshop, following an in-depth institutional assessment..
The Board left the meeting, in Saint Lucia, with a better vision and firmer structure to achieve ECADE's long-term goals.