Together we speak, starting with silence on 16 November

Together we speak, starting with silence on 16 November

On Friday November 16, grassroots movements and NGOs worldwide will be silent or put their websites on black. In response to the current global context, in which people around the world are facing increasing attacks on their basic freedoms, and a culture of division which is causing many of us to turn against each other.

The 'Together we speak' campaign

On November 16 and the following days activists, journalists, bloggers, civil society organisations and NGOs from all over the world unite. The campaign ‘Together we speak’ seeks to address the issue of increasing social and political polarisation and build global solidarity. Friday we are silent, but on 17 & 18 November events around the world will bring people together across lines of division and help to build connection and understanding. At www.togetherwespeak.org you can find more information about the campaign and which activities are organised worldwide.

Also Aidsfonds supports the campaign

Aidsfonds has been working worldwide for years with civil society organisations, key populations and communities who are most vulnerable to HIV, but are often not seen or heard at all. As a consequence they experience barriers to HIV prevention and treatment. Aidsfonds calls for inclusion of those who face stigma and discrimination, for them to be heard. They know best how to address the needs of their communities and how to reach them. They belong in the driver’s seat of the international HIV response, if we want to cross that last mile to end AIDS.

Want to know how we interact with civil society organisations and communities worldwide? From 14 until 18 November each day we will publish a powerful story that shows the importance of being heard. You can read more about how communities are in the lead the HIV response.  

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