17 June, 2011, Kyiv - UN system in Ukraine joined global campaign "Stigma Fuels HIV" in effort to end stigma within our UN system workplace. This campaign is a collaboration of UN Plus and UN Cares to ensure that the UN personnel living with HIV have a respectful workplace, free of HIV-related stigma.

17 June, 2011, Kyiv - UN system in Ukraine joined global campaign “Stigma Fuels HIV” in an effort to end stigma within our UN system workplace. This campaign is a collaboration of UN Plus and UN Cares to ensure that the UN personnel living with HIV have a respectful workplace, free of HIV-related stigma.

The “Stigma Fuels HIV” campaign is an effort to practice within our own organization what we consistently ask of others. I encourage everyone to join so that we can free our workplaces – and our lives – of the prejudice that has been such an obstacle in the global response to AIDS. Making a difference starts with us – today.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The campaign aimed at the UN system workplace worldwide, and seeks to create awareness about the negative impact of HIV-associated stigma, while providing information about HIV in general. UN Cares and UN Plus, through all-staff surveys have identified that there is a noticeable level of stigma and discrimination associated with HIV within the walls of the UN worldwide. UN Cares and UN Plus, two inter-agency initiatives linked to HIV in the workplace have sponsored this campaign and seek to implement it in all UN offices worldwide with support of the UN Cares and UN Plus network of members and volunteers.

Why we are doing this?

There is evidence that HIV-related stigma still exists in the UN workplace. The stigma that surrounds HIV in the workplace prevents UN staff members worldwide from getting informed, getting tested, and seeking life-saving treatment that can be available, in most cases, with their health insurance scheme.

What we hope to accomplish?

With this multi-media campaign, we seek to reach all UN employees, families and beyond. We want to spark conversations about HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the workplace and we want to disseminate concrete, easy to understand information to inform UN employees that the UN has zero tolerance for these behaviours. We want people to understand that HIV-related stigma and discrimination hurt all efforts to achieve effective HIV prevention, treatment and care around the world.

To know more please visit www.bestigmafree.org

More information:
Victoria Andrievska
Communications Officer
UN Office in Ukraine
Tel.: +38 (044) 254 00 35
Email: andrievska@un.org