UN Gender Focus: LBTI people and High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

16 June 2016

“Huge numbers” of LBTI people “killed and injured around the world”

“Huge numbers” of violent hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex people take place around the world, and official statistics are “probably just the tip of the iceberg. ”That’s according to Charles Radcliffe of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), speaking the day after what the UN Secretary-General described as a “horrific attack” on an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.Authorities in the US said that 49 people had died and 53 were injured during the shooting rampage by a gunman identified as Omar Mateen, a US citizen, of Afghan descent. Charles Radcliffe told Matthew Wells that the attack bore all the signs of a premeditated hate-crime.

Photo courtesy of Annie Lennox

UN on the fast-track to end AIDS in women, children

“Start free, stay free, AIDS free” is a new plan adopted by the UN and its partners to accelerate the end of the AIDS epidemic. The announcement was made during a High-Level Meeting in the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focussing on wiping the disease out by 2030. Annie Lennox, International Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), has been a tireless advocate for women and children affected by the pandemic. She launched the SING campaign in 2007, raising funds for treatment and care for women and children living with the virus. Ms Lennox began by explaining to Jocelyne Sambira what the new campaign is about.

Alejandra Oraa. Photo courtesy of CNN

UNAIDS ambassador for Latin America says “macho” gap needs closing

The “macho” gap in Latin America needs closing when it comes to human rights and equality for people living with HIV and AIDS. That’s the view of Alejandra Oraa, a Venezuelan-born television journalist and recently-appointed UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Latin America and the Caribbean. She said the culture of machismo and patriarchal values around her region, fuels gender inequality, although there have been advances. She spoke to Rocio Franco at the recent High-Level meeting on ending AIDS in New York. Rocio Franco speaking with Venezuelan journalist, Alejandra Oraa.

Presenter: Janie Cangelosi

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

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