I am presently the Human Rights Advocate at the Trinidad and Tobago Human Rights Desk . This initiative is driven by the Regional Guidelines for a Human Rights Referral and Response System to Violations against Persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) developed by Ms. Gaietry Pargass Attorney at Law which give specific protocols in receiving complaints. The information collected is used to influence policy and programming with respect to stigma and discrimination. In regard an important function of the Desk will be to receive and record complaints of human rights of persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS whose rights have been violated and who may want some form of redress or who may simply want their complaint documented.
My dream is big so let me start by saying that I want to influence the development of a comprehensive HIV programme in my country, where citizens can access on a timely manner social and health care services made through rapid response referrals..............................................
I personally think that may country's rich history of cultural development over the years has in a great sense, socialized citizens into an ongoing acceptance of systems and mechanisms that exist decades ago; which really does not work towards the equity of an individual. There is still no National HIV Policy, only sector policies which are specific to their government ministries. The is alot of stigma and discrimination still despite the numerous sensitization efforts by a host of stakeholders. This concerns me as the infection rate retains its steady upward climb on society. I have so many concerns, these are just a few.
I'm proud of:
First let me give all the citizens who openly give their lives as a testimony to help society understand what it is to live with HIV. The government's acknowledgement that HIV is a priority and through that there is a National HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy; that has a Sustainability Center advised by a Cabinet appointed Advisory Board. The list could go on and on ............................................
What I think of Community Life Competence:
This is a great initiative as it is a stimulating socialization mechanism for individuals in communities to appreciate themselves by identifying and embrace their humanitarian equity. This process builds the awareness for information as will as share relevant information.
What do I want to do to spread Community Life Competence?
Facilitate Community Life Competence in my community, Launch a facilitation team, Join a facilitation team, Share about Community Life Competence with potential partners; friends; colleagues, I want to apply SALT in my own life (S: Stimulate; Support; A: Appreciate; L: Listen; Learn; Link; T: Transfer; Team), I want to share my experience on my blog in Ning
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Share Community Life Competence with potential partners, Knowledge Management
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I am sure you will find many friends here. Also that you will find for Rituu and me many friends from T&T into ACP. We have come to learn and know and still have lots to know about the competence process, as we all progress in our journey together,
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