Partner Spotlight: Common Language

In 2003, Trim was volunteering as a moderator of online groups that discuss lesbian and domestic violence issues in China. While sorting through QQ–a popular Chinese messaging service– she found an influx of posts from “lesbians wanting to kill themselves” due to the stigma and discrimination they experienced. Realizing that China needed an organization that focused on issues faced by the lesbian community, she met Xian, a lesbian activist with the goal of establishing such an organization, and Trim joined the founding team.

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International AIDS Conference Poster

Asia Catalyst presents our research at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week. Our poster presentation outlines joint research on the Custody and Education system for female sex workers and clients in China, conducted alongside two of our community based partners.

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We are excited to share with you the outline of this research. Too view the full poster, click here!

Partner Spotlight: Cheng Yuan

Cheng Yuan’s life changed completely when his girlfriend, Liu An, was effectively fired from her new job after testing positive for the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). After watching her struggle against employment discrimination and becoming involved himself with the HBV community in China, Cheng Yuan decided to leave his then-flourishing career in finance and focus full-time on advocacy to end HBV-related discrimination in China.

Of the 350 million people worldwide living with HBV, nearly one-third reside in China. Discrimination against people living with Hepatitis remains pervasive in the country. Children living with Hepatitis B are commonly rejected from kindergarten classes; high school graduates with HBV are rejected from university admissions; and, as in Liu An’s case, qualified workers can be barred from employment if they test positive for the disease in pre-employment physicals.

At the onset of his advocacy work, Cheng Yuan got together with a group of like-minded volunteers in Nanjing, some of whom were living with Hepatitis, to protest in city squares and public places. They printed educational brochures at their own expense and handed them out to teach the public about the rights of people living with Hepatitis. They got creative, staging public performance art shows that highlighted the damaging effects of discrimination for the community.  (more…)


ICAAP 11: Meet the Delegates: Wei Tingting

Wei Tingting and Beijing Gender Health Education Institute: Experiences of the first China AIDS Walk

Wei Tingting has been working at the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute since 2011 and is currently a project manager with a focus on the China AIDS Walk (CAW).

WTT Bild 1.jpgIn 2012, China AIDS Walk organized 20 fundraising and anti-discrimination events through partnerships with universities, the LGBT community, foreign embassies and gay social clubs. 45 fundraising teams were formed and 120 people from six countries participated in the Walk. Ten celebrities supported the event via video message, social media and direct participation. Pleasure Up and Durex provided funding, and four fundraising events were organized in Beijing bars. Approximately 3,400 individuals donated to China AIDS Walk and it received media attention in the Chinese and foreign press. Several foreign embassies, international organizations and community-based organizations actively supported CAW. Walkers raised 164,705 RMB (roughly $27,000 USD). Funds facilitated access to antiretroviral treatment for impoverished PLHA, and supported initiatives by a local HIV/AIDS community based organizations.

Wei Tingting presented on integration of different resources including celebrities, media, businesses and non-profit sector through collaboration based on clear communication of needs and expectations. She highlighted that the project was not a simple fundraising event, but a project to educate the public in tolerance and non-discrimination, while giving prominent exposure to the local LGBT population as a positive force.

This piece is the fourth in a series introducing you to the partners that Asia Catalyst is supporting through scholarships, strategy and translation to attend the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific. The Congress brought together over 4,000 delegates from 22 countries in the region in Bangkok this month.