We Are All in the Same Boat: Using Art and Creative Approaches with Young People to Tackle HIV related Stigma

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)


To educate young people about HIV stigma and discrimination and build their skills, confidence and commitment to act against stigma.

Type of Document:
Toolkit on HIV stigma for young people. A set of ideas on how to use art and creative approaches to build a new understanding about HIV stigma and human rights, and on how young people can work together to challenge stigma and discrimination.

Audience Intended
The teacher, youth worker, youth leader, peer educator or anyone working
with youth groups, who can then use the approaches–including art, games and exercises–with young people aged 12-15 years both in and out of school.

Population Experiencing Stigma and/or Discrimination:
PLHIV, and particularly young people living with HIV.

Stigma and/or Discrimination:
Both, mostly stigma but separately defined.

Assess and/or Address:

The toolkit uses different art forms and creative activities – drama and role playing, games, drumming, dance, puppets, story telling, pictures, drawing and collages – to spark new thinking about HIV stigma, change attitudes and challenge young people to do something.

Part of the rationale for the toolkit includes PLHIV being mistreated at clinics and having difficulty accessing health services.

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