Strides made in the last decade have inspired a new vision of “ending the AIDS epidemic.” But among key populations—sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, and people who inject drugs—barriers still persist limiting their access to essential HIV prevention and treatment services. On Wednesday, July 23 at Monash University, Pulitzer Center grantees Michael Hayden and Daniella Zalcman will share their experiences reporting on these vulnerable communities and the intersection between HIV and human rights.
Zach Child, the Pulitzer Center's health projects coordinator, and Philip Chubb, the head of journalism at the University's School of Media, Film and Journalism, will make opening remarks.
Hayden will present on his recent reporting from India, which illuminates the stories of India's transgendered women as part of his Pulitzer Center project, "India's Third Gender." This community has a documented history dating back to the Kama Sutra, but lives on the fringes of society, struggling to find legitimate employment, and battling an epidemic of HIV/AIDS.
Zalcman will present her project "Kuchus in Uganda," which focuses on the kuchu population—as Uganda's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens are known—and the double lives they have been forced to lead since President Yoweri Museveni signed the country's anti-homosexuality bill.
Hayden, Zalcman and Child are traveling to Melbourne to also participate in the 20th International AIDS Conference, which brings together thousands of the world’s top AIDS researchers, community leaders, people living with HIV, as well as policy-makers. Their AIDS Conference workshop on July 21, titled "The Dual Crisis: HIV & Human Rights," focuses on journalism's role in the fight against the stigma and discrimination that many vulnerable populations face.
Wednesday, July 23
HB.36 | Caulfield Campus