In solidarity

The International Center for Research on Women stands with our staff, our community, with people everywhere seeking to transform the underlying systemic inequities that perpetuate the dehumanizing violence that manifested last week in the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

Injustice – whether targeting people on the basis of their race, gender, class, religion, age, orientation, ability, origin – will persist as long as we do not act to disrupt it. As a people, we must disassemble the structures that fuel and sustain inequity and together build a solid foundation for social justice, equity and a new direction.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tamir Rice. Ahmaud Arbery. Trayvon Martin. We have witnessed crimes against Black people and communities of color over and over. These are crimes against humanity – stark and painful indicators of the injustice and racism that have existed in this country for centuries.

For those of us in the majority, we must recognize that we have to examine our own privilege and work to dismantle the long-standing social inequities that have maintained our position of power in this society. We must all stand up when we see others pushed down and rise up together with purpose.

We at ICRW stand in solidarity with the Black community. We will use our research and advocacy platform to interrogate injustice, drive evidence-informed solutions and collaborate with our partners near and far to create a better world.


Strategic Framework and Implementation Guidelines for Reducing HIV-related Stigma in India

HIV and AIDS, HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination

Globally, stigma and discrimination impede HIV prevention, testing and treatment efforts. Yet research by ICRW and others shows that stigma and discrimination can be reduced in different contexts, such as the community and health facilities, thus contributing to the success of HIV programs and services.

India’s National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) recognizes HIV-related stigma as a key challenge to controlling the epidemic. With support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and in collaboration with NACO, ICRW designed and tested a strategic framework and implementation guidelines for stigma reduction in multiple settings in India. The framework built on one previously developed by a global working group made up of stigma experts and led by ICRW. The framework for India identifies key entry points for stigma-focused programming and measurement.  

ICRW also provided technical support to select organizations in applying the framework and guidelines for stigma reduction.  ICRW then collected data on the organizations’ experiences in applying the tools and used the information to finalize the strategic framework and implementation guidelines. The final tools as well as study outcome was widely disseminated to guide policymakers and practitioners in addressing HIV-related stigma and discrimination at the local and national levels.

Overall, ICRW found that the global framework was relevant to the Indian context and feasible for use by organizations and institutions in guiding stigma-reduction program development, implementation and measurement. Learning from the pilot interventions offers guidelines for broader implementation.

Duration: 2011 - 2013
Partners: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO)
Project Director: Madhumita Das
Project Countries: India

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