Several Iranian organizations plan hold a demonstration in the capital city of Tehran. According to Iranian Feminists Tribune, these groups plan to assemble on Thursday December 1 at 1 p.m. in front of Tehran's 'Shahr Theatre'. Playing music and holding street shows are among the activities planned for the day.
Please see below original call-out in Persian on Iranian Feminists Tribune's web site
World AIDS Day kicks off with theme "Stop AIDS. Keep the
Every year, people around the world designate 1 December, World AIDS Day, as a time of reflection – to remember the friends and loved ones lost to AIDS, to heed the lessons learned over the year, and to take stock of the progress made to provide a comprehensive response to the epidemic.
In past years, the theme of the World AIDS Campaign, celebrated on World AIDS Day, focused on a particular issue or group of people. Last year, the campaign emphasized women and AIDS, and the year before, it looked at the role of men and the difference they make in the epidemic. It has now been five years since the landmark UN Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS was adopted unanimously by UN Member States and to herald that anniversary, and the theme of the World AIDS Campaign is accountability. This accountability refers to promises made not only in the Declaration but in other commitments made since then. From 2005 to 2010, the World AIDS Campaign will highlight the theme of "Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise" to encourage governments and the international community to meet their commitments.
The Declaration of Commitment is, in effect, a blueprint for action. It includes not hypothetical goals but concrete benchmarks to measure progress on prevention, reducing stigma, building health infrastructure, ensuring treatment, and providing much-needed leadership and resources. While many countries have made their own commitments to fight AIDS, the Declaration was the first recognition of AIDS as a global crisis requiring a global and collective solution.
The Declaration will only be as powerful as its fulfilment. By sustaining a single theme over five years, the Campaign hopes it will attract others and create a movement that gives those working on the response a forum to be heard – and a platform to act.
This year's theme also asks every individual to make a personal promise to fight AIDS. Since the beginning of the epidemic, individual people have played heroic roles in helping and caring for people living with HIV and AIDS. In the early days, as governments and organizations dithered, individuals acted. The World AIDS Campaign's call to "Stop AIDS. Make the Promise" encourages everyone - everywhere - to be a part of the solution. Added together, these individual commitments will tell governments that all people care about AIDS, that they want to be part of an effective response to it, and that they are willing to make their own commitments to ending the epidemic. Individuals from all over the world are already meeting the individual commitment challenge: to prevent HIV, treat every person living with HIV/AIDS with respect and dignity, to support local programmes that provide care and treatment. World AIDS Day is the perfect time for each individual and group to recommit themselves to those ideals.
After two decades of living in a world with HIV, 1 December is a reminder that with sufficient will and resources, we have the power to stop the epidemic. What is needed – for each of the 40 million people living with the disease – is the involvement of people from every walk of life. Everyone can contribute, whether by making a promise to take action or by promoting the campaign with friends and colleagues. To make your promise and to learn more about the World AIDS Campaign and how people around the world are renewing their commitment to the fight on World AIDS Day, visit http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/. And to find out what events are happening in your local area on World AIDS Day, visit 2005 World AIDS Day Events.
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