The Journey to AIDS 2012
As I write, I am waiting to board a plane to Washington DC, on my way to the International AIDS Conference. I am so excited that Peter will be joining me in a few days, but I wish he was getting ready to board the plane with me right now!
This is the first time that Pivot has been to this global event, which has more than 21,000 attendees from 177 countries. There will be some big names at the conference – Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, Nobel Laureate Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Elton John and, last but not least, Whoopi Goldberg! But that is not what I am really excited about. I have scoured the conference program and am overwhelmed by all of the incredible human rights activists, lawyers, and social and health scientists from around the world. People that I have admired from afar because they are changing the world as we speak. I know this is going to be an incredible week of relationship building, collaboration, learning and inspiration.
I am also excited to use this opportunity to share Pivot’s work with allies from around the world. I will be giving a talk on current litigation efforts to decriminalize adult sex work in Canada. Peter and I will be attending a number of strategy meetings with lawyers and human rights activists from around the world who are working on sex workers rights and drug policy reform. And we will be presenting two posters – one on the critical role that scientific evidence played in the Insite case and one on the sex workers’ challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws. The posters are magnificent, featuring the incredible drawings and design of Jordan Bent, which were specifically commissioned for this event. Jordan blew my mind with his vision and his artwork and I cant wait to share the posters with you in a few days.
Ok, time to log off and get on the plane. But I want to invite you to keep in touch while Peter and I are in DC. So, if you want to hear our updates, news and moments of amazement, there are a bunch of ways to keep in touch.
You can keep an eye on this blog.
You can friend me on Facebook, which I will be updating regularly. (facebook.com/katrina.pacey)
You are also welcome to follow me on twitter (@katrinapacey). I will be using this hashtag - #PivotAIDS2012. In fact, I would love it if you also use that hashtag to tweet your messages, questions or comments about what you are hearing about the conference, which will most certainly be all over the news. We will keep a close eye on that hashtag and Peter and I will be happy to tweet you back and give you the latest on the ground in DC!
Talk to you soon!