The National Poetry Festival 2009 which culminates on March 21st, World Poetry Day, will deal with the critical issue of HIV and AIDS. The theme of the Festival is 'Defying the Disease through the Power of the Word; Resisting Stigma and Discrimination'. The organisers, Idakeda and the Circle of Poets have partnered with the National AIDS Coordinating Committee (NACC) to put together a week long programme geared at both adults and children, with all activities focussing on this theme.
National statistics indicate that too many of our population still persist in unsafe sexual practices. There is still a critical need to continue sending messages about correct sexual behaviour and to encourage empathy towards those living with the virus.
Information will be available at all events throughout the Festival about safe and private testing, frequently asked questions about HIV and AIDS and how to seek solutions other than stigma and discrimination.
The Panel Discussion on Monday 16th at 10am at NALIS Port of Spain, will focus on the 'Role of the Media in Resisting Stigma and Discrimination', the media being an essential component in achieving the goals of the Festival organisers and of the NACC.
Please let your presence be felt …