World AIDS Day - December 1, 2014
World AIDS Day, December 1, which also launches the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada, is a time for reflection: on what we have achieved with regard to the national and global response to HIV,and what we still must achieve.
World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus. The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 after health ministers from around the world met in London, England and agreed to such a day as a way of highlighting the enormity of the AIDS pandemic and nations' responsibility to ensure universal treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS.
Led by the World AIDS Campaign organization, the theme for World AIDS Day 2014 is "Getting to Zero". Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths. According to the Gap Report from UNAIDS, 1.5 million people worldwide died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2013. By the end of 2013, an estimated 35 million people around the world were living with HIV. On a national scale, an estimated 71,300 Canadians were living with HIV, and an estimated 3,175 new HIV infections occurred in 2011.
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Events (in chronological order, updated November 25)
Tuesday, November 18
- Global Marketplace - arts, crafts and other items for sale, made by women from around the world. See poster.
11 am - 3pmat Women's Health In Women's Hands. 2 Carlton Street, Suite 500, Board Room
Thursday, November 20
- Girl's Group (WAD Edition) - For girls aged 16 to 21, an opportunity to chat about any and all sexual health matters.
5 - 7 pmat Women's Health In Women's Hands. 2 Carlton Street, Suite 500, Board Room and Childcare Room
Monday November 24 - Friday November 28
- AIDS Awareness Week at The University of Toronto - A variety of proceedings all week (more details), culminating with an event on December 1 (see below).
Tuesday, November 25
- Music Fest And Drumming Circle - Celebrate with world music and a drumming circle. 2 - 4 pmat Women's Health In Women's Hands. 2 Carlton Street, Suite 500, Board Room
Wednesday, November 26
- World AIDS Day Women's Discussion Group - Presentation on changes to Canadian immigration laws, free dinner and more, presented by Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA) and Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI). 5 pmat APAA, 526 Richmond Street East, 2nd floor [Registration required, See poster for details]
- Slice Of Life Evening - In honour of World AIDS Week, the AIDS Committee of Durham Region and the Rotary Club is hosting an evening of round table discussions, networking and more. See poster.
Proceeds to support the Holiday Hamper Program 6:30 - 9 pmat The Abilities Centre, 255 Gordon Street, Whitby [Free, high protein food donation accepted in lieu of admission charge, these and other donations gladly accepted throughout the evening.]
Thursday, November 27
- Movie Screenings - Two films and a Q&A Session at Women's Health In Women's Hands. 2 Carlton Street, Suite 500.
10:30 am - 12:30 pmThe Woman I Have Become
2:00pm - 4:00 pmPositive Women: Exposing Injustices
Friday, November 28
Red Ribbon On the Rocket - Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) will be at select TTC stations with pamphlets and ribbons to raise awareness. 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Wellesley, Bloor/Yonge and North York TTC stations. [See poster and Facebook page for additional details.]
Saturday, November 29
- Red Ribbon Human Link AIDS Walk - a multicultural AIDS awareness walk See poster. 2 pmat St. Stephen's Community House, 91 Bellevue Ave.
Monday, December 1 - World AIDS Day
- WAD 2014 Extravaganza - picnic and interactive chat on women and HIV, sexual health, HIV testing and more. 10 am - 5 pmat Women's Health In Women's Hands. 2 Carlton Street, Suite 500
- Twitter Chat Session on HIV and Physiotherapy, hosted by Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) See poster. 12 - 1 pm, on Twitter #HIVandPhysio
- World AIDS Day Vigil presented by the Anglican Diocese of Toronto and the Ontario AIDS Network. See poster. 5:30 pmat St. Peter's Anglican Church, 188 Carlton Street.
- World AIDS Day at the University of Toronto, a celebration of our efforts against the world's indifference to the death of millions with AIDS. See poster. With guest speakers, musical and artistic performances, starting at 5:30 pm(reception), speakers at 6:00pm. Hart House Great Hall, University of Toronto.
- Community Carnation Memorial - Hosted by PWA, The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation. See poster. To honour and remember those we have lost to AIDS and support those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. 5:45 pmat the 519 Ballroom, room 200. 519 Church Street
- Voices Of Hope, A World AIDS Day Concert - a benefit for Casey House. 7 pmat Metropolitan United Church. 56 Queen Street East. (more details)
- The Red Ball and POZ TO Awards - an event honouring HIV/AIDS activism, a benefit for PWA, The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation. See poster. Crews and Tango, 508 Church Street.
- World AIDS Day event with free food, prizes and awareness raising presented by the AIDS Committee of Durham Region. See poster. 6 - 8:30 pmat UOIT/Durham College (Downtown Campus), 61 Charles Street, Oshawa, first floor
- The Role of Faith and Community Leaders in Addressing HIV - short film, panel discussion, candlelight memorial and more. Presented by the Peel HIV/AIDS Network. See poster.6 - 9 pmpm at Rogers Theatre (main level), 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga. [Free underground parking after 6:00 pm, access off Living Arts Drive.] RSVP
Friday, December 5
- Women take a stand on HIV. Africans in partnership Against AIDS (APAA) launches Improved Care for Women Living With HIV: Provider's Tools and Patient Living Guide. See poster.
3:30 - 6:30 pmat Women's Health In Women's Hands. 2 Carlton Street, Suite 500 [Food provided at the event]
Saturday, December 6
- Think Globally, Act Locally: Responding to HIV Among Indigenous Peoples. A panel discussion exploring international HIV issues affecting indigenous peoples and how these relate to local, provincial and regional realities here in Canada. 1 - 4:30 pmat Toronto Birth Centre. 525 Dundas Street West. Light refreshments provided at the event, free admission but RSVP please. See website for expanded list of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week events.
The Red Ball and POZ TO Awards