Melbourne Library Service is proud to offer the public and delegates of the International AIDS Conference 2014 the opportunity to engage with the amazing wealth of knowledge, experience, stories and research that will dominate the City from 21 to 25 July.
In partnership with Living Positive Victoria, Positive Women Victoria and City of Melbourne there will be a variety of interactive experiences. From The Female Agenda panel hosted by Leslie Cannold to oral story sharing for digitisation in the PosLounge, there is much to discover. If you cannot make one of our special events, we encourage people of all ages to add their messages of hope and support to those living positive by visiting one of our branches and looking for the “Tree of Hope”.
The Female Agenda: global perspectives on feminine identities, reproductive rights and sexual health
The Female Agenda is a one off panel discussion bringing some of the best minds from the 20th International AIDS Conference to you at Library at the Dock.
Hosted and chaired by Leslie Cannold (celebrated Melbourne author, academic ethicist, columnist, activist, and Australian public intellectual) this session will explore a wealth of information and insight on sexual health, reproductive rights, identity and living positive.
We are pleased to have the expertise and passion of Che Gossett, Jessica Whitbread, and Teresia Otieno to round out the panel.
Join us for a lively discussion about women's sexual health and the ongoing global realities for those growing up and living in an era of HIV/AIDS. This event is, above all else, about hope and humanity across the Female Agenda.
Che Gossett is a trans femme writer and activist who works to excavate queer of color AIDS activist and trans archives. As a writer, they have contributed to Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex and BCRW's Scholar & Feminist Online and Queer Necropolitics. They are writing a biography of queer Japanese American AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya and a project about legacies of queer Black solidarity with Palestinian struggle in a time of homonationalism and carceral regimes. Che will be speaking about trans politics of reproductive justice and how intersectionality and prison abolition are relevant to AIDS prevention and care.
Jessica Whitbread works in the realm of social practice and community art. Whitbread often uses her own body and experience as a queer woman living with HIV, as the primary site of her work. In her head the entire world is a pant-less tea party, full of awkward yet playful interactions that challenge hetero-normative and mainstream assumptions about bodies, sexuality and desire. In April 2014 she became the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) Interim Global Networks Director. She is the founder of the first International Chapter of Young Women, Adolescents and Girls living with HIV as well as a long standing Steering Committee member for AIDS ACTION NOW! In 2014 Jessica published her first book Tea Time: Mapping Informal Networks of Women Living with HIV.
Teresia Otieno is the Programme Director at Personal Initiative for Positive Initiative (PIPE) based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is involved in advocacy on sexual reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV. In 2012, together with other ICW members she documented experiences of women living with HIV on forced and coerced sterilization in Kenya; she is championing a campaign to end this vice. She is a member of the National Steering Committee on elimination of vertical transmission, the technical working group on EMTCT and the Gender technical committee under the national AIDS council in Kenya. Teresia is the Global chair of the International Community of women Living HIV (ICW) and the Eastern African representative to ICW steering Committee.
When: Tuesday 22 July, 7.30pm to 9pm
Where: Library at The Dock
Bookings essential, book your place here.
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