Community Advocacy

Community Advocacy

Community advocates can end AIDS.

Community advocates have changed the HIV and AIDS response worldwide and continue to improve the well-being of marginalised people and their communities. Their work demonstrates the innovative efforts of communities to navigate the complex social and political landscapes that define the HIV and AIDS response.

However, there still rests prejudice and lack of understanding of community advocacy. These views are reflected in the lack of financial and political support for community-based and community-led advocacy, both from donors and, in particular, from domestic sources.

4 ways community advocates are crucial to end AIDS

1. Influencing policies and laws

2. Improving access to treatment and support

3. Challenging stigma and discrimination

4. Advancing the rights of marginalised groups.


Keep an eye on this page, more is coming on how community advocacy can help end AIDS...


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What you can do

Strengthen collaboration and implement joint activities with community advocates to develop conducive environments for advocacy

Synergise and learn from the extensive knowledge and expertise within civil society and communities to formulate polices

Support and fund community advocates so that they can effectively advocate for social change and the needs of their communities

Speak up on behalf of community advocates to ensure their rights are met and respected

Share content from community advocates on your own channels to make sure their voices are heard

Explore community advocacy in action

Through a range of stories, reports and case studies we demonstrate the impact community advocates have on their communities and the global AIDS response.

A story of change

Reporting LGBT rights violations – a journey to lasting change

Community advocates in Zimbabwe began documenting human rights violations against men who have sex with men and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Since then, meticulously collected evidence is helping to create change in people’s everyday lives and an increasing number of policy makers have started to listen to their requests.


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How a growing civil society coalition in Indonesia is changing attitudes
When debates on amending Indonesia’s century-old penal code began gathering pace in parliament, a coalition of conservative groups proposed a range of amendments that included the criminalisation of extra martial sex, and ‘obscene’ same-sex sexual acts. Community advocates joined forces to advocate against the proposals. 


A human rights perspective on...

Universal health coverage

Community advocates from Indonesia, Kenya, Southern Africa, Ukraine and Vietnam share the challenges facing marginalised groups affected by HIV and the actions they are taking in the battle to ensure UHC truly leaves no one behind. 


A story of change

How a battle over biometrics opened the doors to Kenya’s government

When the Kenyan Government announced it would be bringing in biometrics, where body measurements and calculations are used to identify individuals and collect data on key populations, some viewed it as a sign of progress.

Fearing a backlash that would push key populations underground and away from HIV services, community advocates embarked on a multi-layered advocacy campaign to reverse the decision.

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