AIDS international candlelight memorial to light up on Sunday 19th May

Community Group POWA (Positive Organisation Western Australia) are inviting everyone to attend the International AIDS Candlelight memorial on Sunday 19th May.

The Perth edition of the global event will be held at 5:30pm on Sunday the 19th of May at the AIDS Memorial in Robertson Park, on the corner of Fitzgerald and Stuart Streets. Hot soup will be available at the event, which is usually on a fairly chilly night.

The event is one of the oldest grassroots lead events that focuses on combating HIV/AIDS. Started in 1983, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May and is led by a coalition of some 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries.

With 33 million people living with HIV today, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial reminds us that those most affected by the HIV epidemic: including people living with HIV in all their diversity (women, men, young people, gay and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, drug users, the poor, homeless and unstably housed, migrant and formerly or currently incarcerated people) need to continue to be at the forefront leading our movement for the right to life and the right to health.

This includes fighting for universal, comprehensive and sustainable treatment, care and prevention services, and intensifying our work around human rights, stigma reduction, social and economic justice to ensure that no one is left behind.

Head to Robertson Park on 19 May 2019 as we gather, share our stories, commemorate and intensify the fight for health and rights for all people affected by HIV and AIDS around the world.

OIP Staff

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