2015-02-28T23:40:23We Shall Not Be RemovedEvent Link
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men represent 2% of the United States population yet accounted for 63% of new HIV infections in 2010. Among this group, gay and bisexual men of color are even more disproportionately impacted. Young gay and bisexual black men accounted for twice as many new HIV infections as either white or young Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men.
We Shall Not Be Removed: The State of HIV/AIDS Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men, a four-part Google Hangout series hosted by AIDS United, brings together experts, visionaries and thought leaders from across our LGBT and HIV communities to discuss:
• the impact of HIV on gay and bisexual men of color;
• how this issue relates to and stems from parallel social justice movements; and
• innovative strategies that could help alleviate the epidemic.
The time is now: Communities across the country are mobilizing in solidarity for social justice, racial equality, and a more just and equal society. HIV is no exception. The impact of HIV on black gay and bisexual men cannot be ignored.
2015-02-28T23:40:23MTN -017: Evolution and ImplementationEvent Link
Please join IRMA, AVAC and the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) for an update on the Phase II safety and acceptability study MTN 017 (now closed to accrual) and get a peak into potential future directions for rectal microbicide research. MTN’s Dr. Ross Cranston, Protocol Chair for MTN-017, will walk us through the evolution and implementation of 017 – the world’s first-ever Phase II rectal microbicide trial. Following, Dr. Ian McGowan, Co-Principal Investigator of the MTN will discuss ideas and directions for what the rectal future may hold in terms of advanced stage trial design and planning.
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The call will be recorded. The recording and the slide presentations will be made available online.
2015-02-28T23:40:23HRAP 2015 Call for ApplicationsEvent Link
The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University is pleased to open the application for the 2015 Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP).
HRAP is the flagship training program of ISHR at Columbia University. Established in 1978 at Columbia University, ISHR is committed to three core goals: providing excellent human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world.
HRAP targets proven human rights leaders. The Program features a four-month residency at Columbia University with a structured curriculum of advocacy, networking, skills building, and academic coursework tailored to the Advocates’ professional interests and needs. Since 1989, 281 advocates from more than 80 countries have honed their skills, gained knowledge and expanded their networks through the program.
HRAP’s curriculum includes:
1. Providing Advocates with opportunities to deepen their knowledge. Advocates take a minimum of two graduate-level classes at Columbia University.
2. Providing Advocates with opportunities to hone their skills through training sessions and workshops on topics including campaign advocacy, video advocacy, fundraising, editorial writing, stress management and research and documentation. HRAP works with instructors from organizations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International-USA, and WITNESS.
3. Providing Advocates with networking opportunities to expand their contacts, to identify new partnerships, to broaden their knowledge and to increase their funding opportunities. More than 100 human rights-minded organizations in NYC and DC have met with advocates in recent years.
4. Mentoring by faculty at Columbia University and other universities in NYC.
5. Encouraging Advocates to consider the intersection of their work with other human rights issues.
HRAP Short-Term Outputs
By the end of the program, Advocates have:
1. Reflected on their roles as individual human rights advocates and as part of the global human rights community.
2. Increased their theoretical knowledge through courses at Columbia.
3. Gained experience with advocacy tools including editorial writing, social media and video.
4. Learned how to identify and secure funds from donor organizations.
5. Developed strategies for developing effective human rights campaigns.
6. Expanded their professional networks.
7. Increased awareness among diverse audiences in NYC and DC about the human rights issues they face at home.
HRAP’s Mid- to Long-Term Outputs
HRAP alumni have reported the following mid- to long-term outputs:
1. Increased visibility as a human rights expert.
2. A heightened sense of confidence that led them to take on more visible roles in their organizations and/or the confidence to create new human rights organizations.
3. An increase in professional opportunities for themselves and their organizations.
4. Sustained international networking and partnerships, including ongoing contact with HRAP program administration, the Columbia University community, and with one another.
HRAP Alumni Community
271 HRAP alumni reside in 81 countries. The overwhelming majority of HRAP alumni return to their organizations upon completing HRAP. They share the knowledge, skills and abilities gained through HRAP with their colleagues not only in their organizations but in their wider community. Many report they are accorded increased esteem and respect upon their return. HRAP alumni can be found holding government positions or serving as judges in their home countries, holding diplomatic posts at the United Nations, and creating global awareness about human rights issues through documentaries, books and social media.
HRAP encourages its alumni to communicate across class lines and geographic boundaries through social media including the HRAP page on Facebook and the HRAP page on LinkedIn as well as by providing HRAP alumni with opportunities to remain engaged in the program.
Advocates must be able to read, write and speak English with Minimum Professional Proficiency.
Student Life in New York City
Since 1989, Advocates have been residing at International House New York for the duration of the program. With 700 students from more than 100 countries in residence, I-House New York offers a unique cross-cultural living experience not far from the Columbia University campus.
Preference will be given to candidates with significant human rights advocacy work at the grassroots level.
2015-02-28T23:40:23Call For Submissions- New Forum For People Of African DescentEvent Link
A Forum for People of African Descent will start in 2015. We invite you to get involved in making it a successful platform to advance the promotion and protection of human rights.
The United Nations General Assembly decided, in resolution A/RES/69/16, to establish a Forum for People of African Descent to serve as a consultation mechanism during the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). There is an emphasis on inclusive participation of all States Members of the United Nations, United Nations funds and programmes, specialized agencies, civil society organizations of people of African descent and all other relevant stakeholders.
The United Nations Human Rights Council, will decide further on the mandate and modalities of the Forum for People of African Descent.
In anticipation of the Human Rights Council discussion, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as Coordinator for the International Decade for People of African Descent, invites interested stakeholders, individuals, groups and organizations to submit information on their vision for the new Forum for People of African Descent.
In your submission it would be useful to include your views on the following aspects:
-what should be the aims and objectives of the Forum for People of African Descent,
-its thematic focus,
-the format and the agenda,
-how to ensure wide participation in the Forum and what should be its outcomes?
Procedure for submissions:
• Submissions should be sent in a written form and must include the contact details for the author(s) of the submission.
• OHCHR will receive submissions until 25 February 2015, midnight Geneva time.
• Submissions may be sent:
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post to:
International Decade for People of African Descent,
Anti-Racial Discrimination Section,
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),
UNOG-OHCHR, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Due to resource and time constraints, OHCHR would be grateful if submissions could be clearly marked Forum for People of African Descent, be concise up to 1-page, in English, French and Spanish only.
For more information on the International Decade for People of African Descent see:
2015-02-28T23:40:23Webinar: The Relationship between LGBT Inclusion and Economic DevelopmentEvent Link
Webinar: The Relationship between LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development
The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and USAID invite you to join us.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7 am (PST) / 10 am (EST) 4 pm (Amsterdam) / 6 pm (Nairobi)
This webinar will explore the relationship between inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and economic development. The speakers will review some of the connections, at the micro and macro level, between rights and income. The speakers will also present the findings of a study that analyzes the impact of the treatment of LGBT people on economic development in 39 emerging economies and other selected countries. The study uses, for the first time, the Global Index on Legal Recognition of Homosexual Orientation, based on eight categories of legal recognition and protection for lesbians and gay men. The study also uses a provisional index on transgender rights. The researchers found substantial evidence in many countries that discrimination and violence against LGBT people create economic harms for individuals that also affect a country’s economic performance.
Stephen O’Connell, Chief Economist, USAID
Lee Badgett, Williams Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kees Waaldijk, Professor of Comparative Sexual Orientation Law, Leiden Law School, The Netherlands, and former McDonald/Wright Chair of Law, The Williams Institute
MODERATOR R. Bradley Sears, Roberta A. Conroy Scholar of Law and Executive Director, The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law Call-in instructions will be provided after you RSVP. Toll-free international numbers are available for some countries.