Robert Carr Memorial Lecture
In May 2011, Dr. Robert Carr, a tireless leader in the AIDS response passed away. Robert worked for years to find genuine solutions to the AIDS pandemic. He always advocated that comprehensive responses to AIDS must address issues of vulnerability and stigma. As a leader, Robert knew the importance of dialogue as central to building consensus across constituencies, to revealing our fundamental similarities, and dissolving our prejudices.
Robert believed passionately in the need to address the underlying structural issues that continue to deny people their basic rights. In particular, he demanded that AIDS responses challenge the continued marginalization and vulnerability to HIV of men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, and people who use drugs.
The Robert Carr Memorial Lecture is a bi-annual lecture series organized by ICASO in partnership with Futures Group, Human Rights Watch and the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition to celebrate and honor Robert's legacy. The inaugural lecture entitled: "Getting to Zero Bullshit. Calling HIV-related Stigma what it is: Racism, Classism, Misogyny and Elitism" was held on July 25th, 2012 at the International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C.
Advocates from around the world discussed how vulnerability and stigma impact the AIDS response.
Welcome and introductions
Mary Ann Torres (ICASO) and Ian McKnight, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC)
The Robert Carr Memorial Lecture
Keynote by Stephen Lewis, AIDS Free World
Facilitated panel discussion
Unpacking vulnerability, addressing stigma, facilitated by Rebecca Schleifer, Human Rights Watch
Marcus Day, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition
Othman Mellouk, MSM Global Forum
Cheryl Overs, International Network of Sex Work Projects
Suzette Moses-Burton, National AIDS Program of St. Marteen
Richard Burzynski (UNAIDS)
- DownloadBefore I came to this session today-this morning in fact- I watched, again, Robert Carr's now-famous "Bullshit" speech at the MSM GF Meeting in Vienna in 2010. No matter how many viewings, it's really memorable, quite astounding in fact.
- DownloadThe layering of discrimination and stigma that sex workers face as men, women and transgenders, parents, workers and citizens. Over the years I‘ve spoken at dozens of sessions at International Aids Conferences (both invited and uninvited) but I have never talked about myself or my own experience. I decided to change that when I was...
- DownloadMy name is Othman Mellouk. I have been an HIV activist in the Middle East/North Africa region since 1995. My work focuses on a range of issues, including treatment access, and advocacy for policy reform and implementation of HIV services for men who have sex with men (MSM). I serve as the Co-Chair of the Global Forum on MSM &...