What we do
Our project activities include:
Rights Education and Training
The ALN facilitates 1- and 2-day workshops on various issues
- Human Rights & HIV and AIDS
- HIV Related stigma and discrimination
- Stigma in the context of HIV Testing and Disclosure
- Gender & HIV and AIDS
- HIV and AIDS & the Law
- Gender Violence & HIV and AIDS
- Sex, Sexuality & HIV and AIDS
We also provide Train-the-Trainer Workshops and
All our education and training aims at building capacity and broadening the
awareness and understanding of HIV and AIDS as a human rights issue. The
workshops are interactive, participatory and human rights-based in their
approach and facilitation.
This 3-day workshop is aimed at building capacity amongst
trainers on specific issues pertaining to a human rights-based
response to various HIV and AIDS realities and challenges.
This 3 to 5 day training aims at building capacity amongst
paralegals pertaining to specific legal and ethical challenges
within the context of the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
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Our networking activities aim at providing a platform for
sharing experiences, information and resources on HIV and AIDS and human rights
amongst all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, academia,
governmental structures and service providers, as well as individuals and
The ALN facilitates Provincial Meetings aimed at
raising awareness, as well as developing and enhancing capacity amongst civil
society pertaining to the realities and challenges of HIV and AIDS, so as to
ensure and facilitate a human rights-based response.
We are also hosting and facilitating Public Debates
in Cape Town. The purpose of these debates is to provide a platform to discuss
various factors determining HIV and AIDS realities and to collectively identify
mechanisms of how to address and respond to these challenges.
The ALN engages in a number of activities aimed at disseminating information
about the promotion, protection and realisation of the rights of people living
with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS.
The ALN produces and distributes various publications, such as our
newsletter, ALQ, resources and training manuals and
numerous pamphlets and information materials.
Campaign and Awareness Raising
The ALN aims to promote behavioural change and to address discrimination
ensuring the dignity of people living with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS
through various activities, including the participation in Public Campaigns and
coordinating ALN Campaigns.
ALN Campaigns originate from workshops facilitated by
the ALN in various communities across the country, as well as from debates and
discussions, seminars and provincial meetings amongst our networking and social
Lobbying and Advocacy
The ALN seeks to ensure a more adequate response amongst policy makers and social partners to the rights and needs of people infected with, and affected by HIV and AIDS.
Part of the ALN advocacy and lobbying activities includes the development,
production and distribution of publications, such as
Learners are Positive, a compilation of young people’s views on, and
opinions of HIV and AIDS realities and challenges.
In October 2003, the ALN embarked on a project aimed at promoting the International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights as an
advocacy tool to facilitate a more effective rights-based response to HIV and AIDS in South Africa, and to assess levels of
implementation of the Guidelines in the South African context. Read more
Legal Advice Desk
Monitoring and responding to the infringement and violation of human rights is
an integral part of the AIDS Legal Network (ALN).
To report discrimination and violation of rights and/or to seek advice please
contact our Legal Advice Desk.