Following our daily report on the IAS 2021, today we have probably the theme closest to ohhh’s heart:
#ShareYourLeadership: Youth-driven digital innovation in the HIV response (CME)
Ashley Rose MURPHY, Canada, gave us a perspective on how little time has passed since the beginning of the pandemic, and the access to highly effective retroviral.
Social media has an important part in education, divulgation, and open spaces to talk about HIV.
COVID has increased our feeling of isolation, even with social media, and HIV+ Community gives this sense of belonging, compassion and understanding.
Young people are the adults of tomorrow, to have the platform of IAS is empowering for HIV+ and – young people.
In the next part of this session IAS launched their own youth HUB:
Introducing the Youth Hub: Who it is for, and how to use it
Supporting young leaders through digital technology
An online platform created for young people to showcase leadership.
Its goal is to link people to organizations and resources, engage in capacity building, mentorship and networking and access fundraising opportunities.
It is driven by six young leaders and was developed by 11 young experts, as a result of a 26 hours of brainstorming. The platform allows young people to have a dynamic networking, meeting young leaders from all over the world this will enhance and strengthen the community.
The hub creates a calendar of all the events in the globe, so you have this easy and accessible information.
The platform aims to enhance advocacy, creating better leaders.
Online spaces create a safe and welcoming environment for marginalized groups, like People Living with HIV or queer youth.
Laurring Garcia talks about his early initiatives in internet platforms in early 2000’s to spread information about HIV to the gay community, in a time with only google and static websites. And how we moved for more dynamic platforms and a people-focus discussion.
Carolina Ahumada: New social media platforms have scalated and changed activism, having more creative and accessible. In Argentina, the associacion Siglo Positivo have worked during COVID to represent young people living with HIV and addressing their feeling of isolation.
Doreen Moracha, born with HIV, used social media to tell her history, and normalize talking about living with HIV the whole year, not only in AIDS International Day. And this push people to discussing more specific and everyday aspects. For her, the HUB, gives this daily work possibility, so young leaders don’t need to wait for the next IAS to come together.
Stefano Rogers: Talks about his personal account, where many young people come to him with doubts and a trusthworthy reference for ask questions and open up.
Terry-Ann Lynch brigs an important aspect in social media: the anonymity of it can be a very important aspects for people to feel more comfortable to talk about subjects surrounded by stigma.