Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award to be presented at AIDS 2014
A prestigious award recognising exemplary human rights efforts in the field of HIV/AIDS will be presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne in July.
AmfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, the International AIDS Society (IAS), and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) are currently seeking nominations for the award.
The awards will recognise an individual with demonstrated excellence as a leader and advocate of human rights in the field of HIV/AIDS.
“Millions of people with HIV and AIDS live in countries and regions where they lack fundamental human rights due to their gender, age, sexual orientation, type of work, or lifestyle,” said amfAR CEO Kevin Frost “These human rights violations incite stigma and discrimination, which pose serious barriers to HIV prevention, treatment and care, and ultimately fuel the spread of the epidemic.”
The award was first presented at the International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C, 2012, in memory and honour of Dame Taylor’s efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
“The HIV epidemic is not only a global health issue, it is a human rights issue,” said Bernard Kadasia, Acting Executive Director of the IAS.
“It is a great pleasure to be part of this prestigious award. There are people out there doing truly amazing work on human rights and HIV who deserve to be recognised at a global level.”
Joel Goldman, Managing Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, said Elizabeth Taylor had an unwavering commitment to the human rights of people affected by HIV/AIDS from the early days of the epidemic until her passing in 2011.
“We look forward to honouring someone who embodies that same fervent ambition and fearless leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
The 20th International AIDS Conference will be held July 20-25.
For more information, visit the International AIDS Conference website.