World AIDS Day in Brussels

This World AIDS Day, right on the heels of our hard-fought campaign around the EU budget, ONE members in Brussels continued their take over the EU institutions and the city-at-large.

In conjunction with the launch of ONE’s AIDS Accountability Report, ONE members handed out 1000 red ribbons in the European Parliament Wednesday and Thursday with Michael Cashman MEP.  Cashman, a long-time advocate in the fight against AIDS, also shared his story for ONE’s YouTube campaign, “It Starts with Me.”

On Thursday, ONE had a presence at the European Commission for a screening of “The Lazarus Effect,” the (RED)/ HBO documentary that highlights the transformative impact of AIDS medicine. Hosted by the Commission’s stagiaire (intern) film club, the screening was followed by a discussion about the ONE’s HIV/ AIDS campaign work and how everyday EU citizens can get involved in the fight.

Our World AIDS Day efforts culminated in the annual AIDS Solidarity March on Saturday where we walked through the streets of Brussels with local Francophone and Flemish NGOs. Accompanied by drums and armed with ONE bands, we marched with hundreds of AIDS activists and survivors. The march ended with a reception at City Hall and the presentation of four panels of the original AIDS quilt. It was a beautiful opportunity for ONE to represent the global fight against HIV/ AIDS while standing in solidarity with local partners fighting the battle here at home.

Check out the photos from our World AIDS Day activities here: