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The Greater involvement of people with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) and The Meaningful Involvement of People living with HIV/AIDS (MIPA) is one of the most important parts of the work within the HIV sector that will never be finished. It is a goal and commitment that must be continually renewed, assessed and challenged within all aspects of the HIV Community. GIPA and MIPA is a practice that continues to allow the community of People Living with HIV and those who work in-and-around HIV to assess the work that is being done. Most importantly, the practice of MIPA/GIPA is a living practice that constantly growing or being endangered with outside forces. Currently, that being COVID-19.
The meaningful involvement of women living with HIV/AIDS (MIWA) is a key feature of women-centered HIV care, research and policy making. Yet little is known about transforming MIWA from principle to practice. The right of women living with HIV and other affected populations to participate as active and equal agents of change in their own health, not simply passive recipients of services, has long been recognized. In 1994, at the Paris AIDS Summit, 42 governments, including Canada, endorsed the principle of the greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA), as follows: “Aims to realize the rights and responsibilities of people living with HIV, including their right to self-determination and participation in decision making processes that affect their lives…GIPA also aims to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the AIDS response. (UNAIDS, 2007, p. 1)”
The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development seeks to continue the work that has started by gathering experts on GIPA/MIPA within the female focus (this includes the work and realities of Transgender and Gender non-conforming individuals) as well as community members to engage in a conversation around the future of GIPA/MIPA and the realities of the practice within the COVID-19 lens. These focused conversations over two days will be the key influence to creating a policy paper on the intersectionality of the social determinants of health, legal issues, housing and many others that will be influenced by the outcomes of the conversation.
The Forum – Women Speak – The experience of GIPA/MIPA in the era of COVID-19 -will be held on January 21th and 22nd, 2020, 11:00am EST – 3:00pm EST for both days.
Have your input into the conversation by answering a few questions about your experience with GIPA/MIPA.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns: Emily Carson – [email protected]