Monday the 21st is our annual Students Stop AIDS Campaign Speaker Tour! From the beginning of next week and throughout February, the Tour will be visiting universities across the UK promoting the voices of young people affected by HIV and AIDS from across the world.
Who will be going?
Restless Development will be heading up to Edinburgh on Monday and will be joined by our amazing speakers including:
Beyonce is a transgender woman from Uganda who works to speak out against the continued harassment and abuse transgender women face in Uganda through her organisation Transgender Equality Uganda. She has also worked as a peer educator on HIV and AIDS.
Lisa is 27 from London, was recently diagnosed with HIV after being engaged to her partner. She is a keen HIV advocate and wants to raise awareness about the impact of stigma in the UK . She is currently studying and volunteering with her local African Community Centre, as well as with the UK Consortium for AIDS and International Development.
Where will we be going?
As well as visiting Student Stop AIDS Societies around the country throughout Scotland and England, the speakers will visit the House of Commons where they will be joined by Minister for International Development Lynne Featherstone MP.
18th February – Parliamentary Event with Lynne (limited spaces)
21st February – London Groups event – UCL (all welcome)
We will send out times and venues soon but please keep those evenings free if you’d like to join us at one of our London events.
What will we be doing?
Speakers will tell their personal stories at events hosted by the students each night. But the tour is not all just about the Speakers, we will also be taking round our- soon to be launched campaign - 15 by 15. A continuation of the successful Why Stop Now campaign we ran around World AIDS Day, we will be calling for World Leaders to stick to their promises of getting 15 million people on HIV treatment by 2015. Students will collect action cards, and run creative actions on their campuses with the Tour team to get local media and conjure up local support for the campaign!
Follow the tour on the blog here.