Understanding and Challenging HIV Stigma: Toolkit for Action

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), The CHANGE project’


To provide people working in the AIDS field–especially the “front-line” workers–with a set of flexible educational materials to raise their own understanding and help them facilitate awareness raising with community groups. The aim is to help people at all levels understand stigma and what it means, why it is an important issue, what are its root causes and develop strategies to challenge stigma and discrimination.

Type of Document:
Trainer’s guide. The Toolkit is a resource collection of participatory educational exercises for use in raising awareness and promoting action to challenge HIV stigma.

Audience Intended:
“Front-line” workers in the AIDS field, for their own education and to help facilitate awareness; additionally NGOs, other AIDS professionals and community members. Trainers can select from the exercises to plan their own courses for different target groups both AIDS professionals and community groups.

Population Experiencing Stigma and/or Discrimination:

Stigma and/or Discrimination:
Stigma (discrimination often connected, but no discrete treatment).

Assess and/or Address:

See p. iii for How to Use the Toolkit. It is meant to be participatory (not lectures) and not standardized–facilitators are meant to pick exercises and create their own “custom” package of training to fit the needs of the group. Idea is to build awareness and move towards action. Also directs NGOs and AIDS organizations to work through the materials, and provide feedback as to what worked and didn’t work.

The “mother document” for each of the understanding and challenging adaptations included in this inventory.

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