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Chief Commissioner facilitates human rights workshops at International AIDS Conference

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August 16, 2006

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Toronto - Ontario Human Rights Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall was invited to chair a number of sessions at the XVI International AIDS 2006 Conference, including two conference seminars held earlier this week on Hot Topics in Human Rights and HIV/AIDS and Time to Deliver on Stigma and Discrimination.

More than 20,000 individuals from around the world have come together this week in Toronto to discuss a wide range of issues that relate to how the global AIDS community can most effectively tackle issues that affect the treatment, care and prevention of AIDS. Developing a deeper understanding of the AIDS crisis as a human rights issue and setting a clear agenda for future action are important aspects of the discussion.

The conference is also hosting Global Village, the aim of which is to promote involvement from marginalized communities. Access to this is granted to conference delegates as well as non-delegates, from local, national and international community organizations, groups and the general public. Chief Commissioner Hall will be chairing two more public sessions at the Global Village:

  • Women’s Informal Networking Event: an informal meet and greet for women working with women’s organizations across the world
  • Young Women’s Investigator’s Award: recognizing young women investigators from resource-limited setting who demonstrate excellence in research and/or practice that address women, girls and gender issues related to HIV/AIDS

For more information on the XVI AIDS Conference and its programming visit

Follow these links to the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Policy on HIV/AIDS-Related Discrimination, Policy and Guidelines on Disability and the Duty to Accommodate and its Policy on Discrimination and Harassment Because of Sexual Orientation.

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