The International AIDS Conference 2016 (IAC) is calling for research abstracts and workshop proposals. It also welcomes activity proposals for the Global Village & Youth programme, a space centered around networking within and between communities. The IAC will take place on 18-22 July in Durban, South Africa.
The IAC is an important space for sharing knowledge and for advocacy for persons living with HIV. The previous edition of the conference, held in 2014, drew criticism from both the sex worker and drug user movements regarding the lack of meaningful representation and participation in the conference of communities who are highly stigmatised, marginalised and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
In 2012, US travel restrictions excluded sex workers from participating completely in the event, which took place in Washington. In response to this exclusion, the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC) hosted the Sex Workers Freedom Festival in Kolkata, India, as an alternative event to the IAC.
The deadline for research abstracts, workshop proposals and activity proposals is February 4.