The U.N. International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights emphasize that HIV-related human rights “are more likely to be addressed if there is leadership” from the government and if “multi-sectoral structures are established and maintained” because “the involvement of affected communities, together with relevant professionals … as equal partners” is “vital to any policy development and implementation.” To that end, our approach within the Policy and Advocacy department includes:
- Coalition Work: We are active participants in a number of coalitions both federally and locally, including, the 30 for 30 Campaign (founding member); ADAP Advocacy Association; DC Community Coalition for AIDS 2012; DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence Policy Taskforce; Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP); Georgetown University Community Advisory Board (CAB); HIV Prevention Community Planning Group; HIV Prevention Justice Alliance; National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA); National Female Condom Coalition’s Advocacy Committee; National Network to End Domestic Violence; the Washington Metropolitan Regional Services Planning Council, among others.
- Policy Analysis: As policies and regulations impacting the population that we serve are proposed, enacted, and disseminated, we analyze those policies and regulations and provide guidance on their impact on the women and girls living with or at-risk for, HIV/AIDS.
- Technical Assistance, Education & Outreach: We present at local and national conferences, provide technical assistance, and educate women, service providers, and local and national policy makers on an array of issues and needs.
- Research: We conduct research to better understand the landscape that influences the choices of women and girls, their access to services, the barriers they face, and their experiences in order to determine whether current policy is working for them and what policy might be needed.
- Publications: We generate reports, fact sheets, toolkits, articles, blogs and a myriad of other publications that enable us to share our advocacy across audiences as a means to convey our platform.
- Social Media Utilization: We use social media (Facebook, Twitter and blogs) as a means to call women and providers to action, showcase program highlights, and generate support for policy and advocacy.
Would you like to learn more? Contact Martha Sichone-Cameron, Policy & Advocacy Manager, at 202.483.7003 or email@example.com.