What is activism? how does it differ from advocacy? Those were the first two questions we asked ourselves at the HIV Treatment Activism training organized by the UKCAB last week.
We agreed that advocacy was about acting on behalf of others, to ensure they could access good HIV services and receive the social support they needed and were entitled to. Advocacy includes providing accurate information to people living with HIV and signpost them to services.
Activism is something greater. Activism is about the ambition of creating wider change in people’s attitudes, in people’s hearts, in people’s way of thinking and in people’s awareness.
Activism is a state of mind.
We decided that we were both advocates and activists. This is why we spent the five days, from Wednesday to Sunday, learning some important skills. There were 15 of us in the room, and I was pleased of seeing a good…
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