The Royal Commonwealth Society is proud to work in partnership with the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa - a network of former African Heads of Government and other eminent individuals who advocate for policy changes that will ensure an end to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa.

In February 2019, along with our partners in the Champions network, Access Chapter 2 South Africa, UNAIDS, and the SADC Parliamentary Forum, we convened three former African presidents and African parliamentarians to discuss how to end HIV/AIDS in Africa through the reform of discriminatory laws. These Parliamentarians engaged with three Champions, Their Excellencies Festus Mogae, Joaquim Chissano and Kgalema Motlanthe, the former Presidents of Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa respectively.

This was a focused dialogue that brought together a select group of parliamentarians including eminent chairs and representatives of parliamentary HIV and Health Committees from seven countries. Two youth activists and several civil society leaders and experts were also present to contribute to discussions and build knowledge among participants. The engagement was a closed, interactive and frank discussion focused on defining actions and building support towards securing the human rights of key populations, including sexual and gender minorities, which are essential for guaranteeing the health of all and leaving no one behind in ending the AIDS epidemic.

“The AIDS crisis has helped us understand better that there are many cultural and legal issues that we deal with in Africa. We must look specifically at legislation that works against the efforts of ensuring that no-one is left behind.” 

HE Kgalema Motlanthe, Former President of South Africa and Champion for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa

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