“Disease Is Not a Crime”: A Dramatization of True Stories to Address the Stigma and Discrimination Against People Living with HIV/AIDS

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1 copy - CopyTomorrow, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, the CIHRS Alumni Forum will launch the T3ayosh campaign with a presentation of a theater production titled “Disease Is Not a Crime”, a play that dramatizes the stories of people living with HIV/AIDS in Egypt. The production begins at 8 pm at the Jesuit Theater, Studio Nasibian, 15 al-Mahrani Street, Ramsis.

The T3ayosh campaign seeks to alleviate the social stigma faced by people living with HIV from health service providers. This stigma is fed by uninformed cultural assumptions and a lack of information about the virus and its transmission among workers in the health sector. The campaign also seeks to raise social awareness about HIV.

The campaign is organized by alumni of CIHRS training seminars, and is motivated by the belief that every human being has a right to adequate healthcare. It is supported by the CIHRS.

“Disease Is Not a Crime” presents a dramatization of ten true stories of people living with HIV/AIDS in Egypt. The idea emerged after several members of the CIHRS Alumni Forum met with people living with HIV during preparations for the campaign, which prompted them to think of ways to present their hardship in a dramatic fashion.

Performed by members of the campaign, the production addresses the problems and challenges faced by those with HIV in their daily lives. Some of the stories were also adapted from Letters from Egypt, a book put together by the Egyptian Forum Against the Stigma.

The CIHRS Alumni Forum, established in 2011, is an independent forum that includes graduates of CIHRS training seminars, an important component of CIHRS’s human rights education programs. The forum provides a framework for alumni to meet and communicate ideas with the aim of spreading a culture of human rights It also provides a framework to foster youth cadres concerned with human rights. The education program is providing full technical support to the Alumni Forum.

To learn more about the campaign and reach the coordinators, see:

Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLp_un_C2es

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/T3ayosh

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