"Today we formalize this important partnership to strengthen the impact of the HIV response in Latin America. However this is just the beginning that creates a solid platform to strengthen joint efforts with other regional networks to prevent HIV and eliminate gender based violence, stigma and discrimination" said the Colonel Nohora Rodriguez Guerrero, President of COPRECOS LAC.
This event sets a precedent in the region and the world. "It is an example of collaboration and understanding to scale up HIV response promoting human rights, gender equality and reducing stigma and discrimination towards key populations, particularly sex workers, transgender people, men who have sex with men, among others" expressed Dr. César A. Núñez, UNAIDS Regional Director for Latin America.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed by COPRECOS LAC, REDLACTRANS and RedTraSex mentions, among other things, that the elaboration of the second phase of the project proposal "AVANZADA" will be a joint effort among the three organizations, with a human right approach and aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination towards key populations. Most notably the three organizations agreed to work together to implement the project activities to achieve the targets.
"Under this proposal it is expected that sex workers and transgender women train people in the uniformed services on gender identity, gender equality, sex work and human rights, in order to strengthen the enforcement of the laws which guarantee and protect our human rights" said Elena Reynaga, Executive Secretary of RedTraSex.
"This agreement opens doors to new advocacy efforts with uniformed services making our voices heard" said Marcela Romero , Regional Coordinator of REDLACTRANS.