The Huairou Commission AIDS Campaign bridges the gap between what is happening in communities and what happens at the policy level, by ensuring that grassroots women who are leading the fight against AIDS in their communities are represented in decision-making spaces. Women's Home based caregiving groups provide a holistic response to HIV/AIDS, addressing issues such as access to basic services, land rights, housing conditions and food security. The Campaign promotes an AIDS response that fully and meaningfully recognizes, integrates and builds upon the development contributions of these home-based caregivers.
The AIDS Campaign
- Promotes the innovations and experiences of grassroots women
- Shifts power relations and decision-making in AIDS funding and programming to hold donors and governments accountable to affected communities
- Empowers women in poor and marginalized communities to be effective advocates for themselves and their communities
- Strengthens movements of organized groups of grassroots women responding to AIDS in their communities across regions, cultures and ethnic groups
- Participates in global movements to gain greater attention and resources for care and support in the global AIDS response.
Through the AIDS Campaign, grassroots women insert their voices into policy by engaging local authorities through a process
called Local to Local Dialogues. The Campaign also organizes groups and networks of home based caregivers to influence international AIDS policy at global AIDS focused events.
The AIDS Campaign promotes the knowledge and experience of grassroots women by supporting caregivers to conduct research. Caregivers collect data on the number of HIV infected and affected people in their neighborhood through a process called Community Mapping. They use action research to better lobby for greater resources and support for their groups and communities.