World AIDS Day 2017 ribon with candels

Two WCC programmes—the Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance—are working in partnership with the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and UNAIDS. The workshop, offered in collaboration with the Christian Council of Nigeria, will elaborate approaches of working with and building capacity of religious leaders in conflict-affected areas and other humanitarian emergencies in addressing key issues related to HIV vulnerabilities as well as sexual and gender-based violence prevention.

The workshop is designed to draw about 40 religious leaders, health practitioners, people living with HIV, migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons, the media, and others. Contextual Bible studies as well as suggested practical actions will balance plenary speakers and small group discussions.

Faith-based organisations play a leading role in responding to the needs of migrant populations, said Ayoko Bahun-Wilson WCC Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy West Africa regional coordinator. “We believe the workshop will be both participatory and transformative,” Bahun-Wilson said. "Nigeria has a high incidence of conflicts resulting in a high number of migrants, refugees and internally displaced people.”