Legendary singer-songwriter and longtime AIDS activist Annie Lennox recently released this short video promoting the "Human Rights and HIV/AIDS: Now More Than Ever" march and rally set to take place next week in Vienna. As Lennox points out in the video, the people who are most impacted by the HIV epidemic are those who are most powerless in society.
Vulnerable groups such as women and girls, injection drug users, sex workers, men who have sex with men, and people in prison are the most in need of comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment programs. Instead, they face discrimination and abuse and are often denied access to lifesaving programs. As a result, HIV continues to spread unchecked in communities worldwide.
The Now More Than Ever campaign, cosponsored by the Open Society Foundations, has already been endorsed by more than 700 organizations worldwide (and the number keeps growing). We hope that the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna next week (and the June 20 march and rally in particular), will help turn the tide and let governments know that they can't keep ignoring their commitments to protect, respect, and fulfill human rights.
The Open Society Foundations will join Annie Lennox at this historic rally, along with global AIDS leaders and activists. We hope you can join us. More information is available on the Human Rights and HIV/AIDS website.