On Friday 18th March 2011, Canon Gideon Byamugisha is coming to Leicester.
Rev Canon Dr Gideon B. Byamugisha is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Uganda. In 1992, he became the first African religious leader to openly declare his HIV-positive status. He has
since devoted his life to an AIDS ministry which has taken him to over 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and many other parts of the world.
Gideon is driven by a passion for the dignity and rights of all people, especially those marginalised, stigmatised and discriminated against because of their HIV-positive status. He has played leading
roles in the Church of Uganda’s AIDS program, the Uganda AIDS Commission, World Vision International, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Christian AID, special conferences of the United
Nations, and in founding the African Network of Religious Leaders Living With or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS.
When Canon Gideon visits, he will share his experiences about HIV and to help us create a HIV friendly community and society – where we can reduce stigma related to HIV, be open about the need to get tested, promote condom use to reduce transmission of HIV and create supportive communities, including our faith communities.
The day will include workshops to look at different aspects of HIV and stigma, to challenge the barriers common to HIV and to determine actions to help us create a more HIV friendly and AIDS
competent society to defend and protect life against the virus.
Workshop Topics will include:
· HIV Stigma and faith: messaging, communication and programming
· Stigma and HIV testing
· Stigma reduction in condom use
· HIV Myths
· Does an HIV +ve status mean bad behaviour?
· Workshop leaders will facilitate discussion and ideas for actions to reduce stigma
The Manna Resource Centre
18A Halford Street
Time: 10am – 4pm, with lunch provided
To reserve your place at this event please download an application form (below) and email this to firstname.lastname@example.org