CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
SCALE Initiative Regional Conversations on Countering
Discriminatory Laws and HIV-Related Criminalization
As part of the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, countries adopted the 10-10-10 targets, pledging action to remove punitive and discriminatory laws, policies and practices that target people living with HIV and other key populations. The targets represent a critical opportunity to invest in key population leadership and capacity while driving progress on HIV.
We want to hear from YOU.
- Are you a person living with HIV and/or other key population at higher risk of HIV?
- What are you or your organisation doing to counter laws that discriminate against people living with HIV and other key populations? Or to advocate for protective laws?
Share your experiences and make a submission today.
DEADLINE: 28 March 2023
SCALE: Removing Barriers to HIV Services
The SCALE initiative (Website, Press Release) aims to help strengthen and scale key population-led approaches to counter discriminatory laws and HIV-related criminalization to drive progress on the 10-10-10 targets in PEPFAR countries by 2025, Partnership activities contribute to three interconnected action areas:
1. Identify what works;
2. Build, scale and amplify; and
3. Invest in key populations.
As part of the identification process, UNDP is hosting a series of virtual regional conversations.
Selected submissions will be invited to participate in a series of virtual regional conversations.
What to submit
In many parts of the world, the law negatively impacts people living with HIV or people at higher risk of contracting HIV. In some places, it is illegal to be a sex worker, gay, transgender or a drug user. Law is also sometimes used to punish and criminalize aspects of HIV transmission, further stigmatizing people already living with HIV. Even when these identities and/or behaviours are not explicitly criminalized, lack of legal recognition and/or other legal barriers can lead to discrimination and limit access to critical HIV services.
Please share what you are doing or have done to counter those laws. What has and has not been successful, and how do you define success in your community/country? Have you had to liaise directly with government stakeholders, or have you sought out alternative strategies? Have there been other partners or stakeholders involved in your efforts? Where do you see the most potential for law reform in your community/country? What more is needed to make these potential reforms a reality?
Your submission matters
To have the greatest impact, we are seeking inputs from diverse key population groups and individuals. We are looking to highlight the experiences and knowledge of those most affected by discriminatory laws while providing a forum for key populations to share strategies to overcome these barriers. Findings from the regional conversations will inform a good practice compendium and support to targeted work at the country level.
Eligibility and Countries Covered
You are invited to make a submission if you identify as a person living with HIV and/or other key population at higher risk of HIV and you have experience relating to HIV, human rights and the law in the following countries or on these issues in relation to the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Submissions are welcome in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.
Confidentiality of Submissions
Submissions can be made at two levels: Public or Confidential. In the submission form, please choose whether your submission is Public or Confidential. All submissions will be collected by the UNDP-PEPFAR programme team for an objective review.
If you would like your submission to be treated as confidential, please consider providing two versions of the submission: (1) a confidential version, which will be reviewed by the programme team but not shared any further, and (2) a public version with all confidential information removed so that it can be referenced and/or considered for a future good practice compendium.
Please note that while only some submissions can be selected for the regional conversations, all submissions sent to the programme team are important and will help inform activities going forward.
Format of submissions
You are required to upload a submission in either letter or video format:
28 March 2023. Please note that only 1 submission per individual or organization will be accepted. For more information, questions or concerns, please contact: email@example.com.
“Other key populations at higher risk of HIV” refers to the five main key population groups that UNAIDS considers particularly vulnerable to HIV and who frequently lack adequate access to services; namely, gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs and prisoners and other incarcerated people.