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HIV as an episodic disability: implications for workplace policies and practices in APEC economies (Canada)

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HIV as an episodic disability: implications for workplace policies and practices in APEC economies (Canada)

The goal of this project is to enhance and strengthen APEC response to the HIV pandemic by promoting the implementation of comprehensive, rights-based policies and practices of governments and employers to address HIV/AIDS in the workplace. As noted above, while many economies have programmes and policies to address HIV/AIDS in the workplace they have not yet focused on HIV through an episodic disability lens. This workshop will build the capacity of developing economies to manage HIV as an episodic disability, through a series of educational presentations, the dissemination of tools and the sharing of best practices from other APEC economies. The workshop will also focus on enhancing economies?understanding of the differential impact of HIV/AIDS on women. The project will also contribute to enhanced collaboration among APEC members, and between members and the private sector, through the sharing of lessons learned and the promotion of effective, rights-based policies.

As part of contributing to the goal identified above, this project will be undertaken in consultation with APEC economies, representatives from ABAC and international organizations such as UNAIDS and the ILO, as well as people from the region who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, including women. The participation of representatives from a variety of international and non-governmental organizations that have undertaken work in this area will assist in broadening participants understanding of this issue.