The 2nd Edition of “Goa Red Ribbon Fest 2019” will be opened on the eve of World AIDS Day on 30th November 2019 at 10.30 am. The fest, organized by youth-led organisation, Human Touch Foundation will be held at Jardim Garcia de Orta, Panjim from 9.30 am – 10.30 pm. The festival is open to young people from educational institutions all across the state.
The festival is categorized under several major themes including improving the quality of life of those living with HIV, especially children, testing and counselling, fast-track elimination of the epidemic, stigma and discrimination, PrEP, etc. The festival is structured around interactive session on themes, exhibits, games, film screenings, stage entertainment and mascots.
The fest will hold some Interactive sessions, i.e. Section 377 and HIV; Transgender People, Rights and HIV Vulnerability, Let’s Talk Sex and Beyond Blame: Challenging HIV Criminalisation.
The info-entertainment based fest will also feature move for the cause – Zumba, flashmob, street play, screening of films and a candlelight memorial. Various creatives and competitions like face painting, human red ribbon formation, quiz competitions, red ribbon tree, selfie contests, tshirt paintings and games are organized to create awareness on HIV prevention, stigma and discrimination.
In line with the theme for this year “Communities make the difference, Human Touch Foundation will also highlight the difference these communities are making to end the HIV epidemic while drawing global attention to the need for their broader engagement in strengthening primary health care.
Communities of people living with HIV and community health workers have played a key role in the HIV response. There is a need to engage them and listen to their stories on making the difference and changing lives, says Peter F. Borges, Founder and CEO of Human Touch Foundation.
The festival is organized with support from Commscope India Pvt. Ltd, Youth LEAD, Corporation of City of Panaji, Lupin Welfare and Research Foundation and The Park, Calangute.