By Julie Schultz, August 2nd, 2017 in
PHAN to Take a Swing at Stigma at 2017’s Scotiabank AIDS Walk Peel
Join the Peel HIV/AIDS Network at Bowlerama West and help raise funds for vital programs and services for the people and communities most affected by HIV. With this year’s Knock Down Stigma campaign, we’ll also be raising awareness about the stigma faced by many of the communities and individuals that we work with.
Stigma leads to the devaluation of entire communities, who are understood for one reason or another to have transgressed, or in some way violated social norms. The impact of stigma on people living with HIV, LGBTQ communities, racialized communities, substance users, those with mental health issues, and sex workers, can be devastating.
The stigma that follows people living with HIV has been described as the single most critical factor in curtailing the HIV epidemic. HIV-related stigma adversely effects HIV prevention, rates of new infections, access and adherence to treatment, and access to social and practical supports.
The effects of stigma are far- reaching, and borne out at the social, policy, community-wide, institutional, and educational levels. Cultural and community norms and traditions commonly serve to reinforce stigma around sexuality, gender identity, ethnicity, class, HIV status, and culture. The only way to combat deeply entrenched stigma is address it head on.
We raise awareness about stigma in the hopes of encouraging community members to access the services, tools, and knowledge that are critical to the work of reducing stigma in our communities. With your support, we will build communities that are stronger and more inclusive, and futures that are better and brighter for community members.
Join us in the fight to Knock Down Stigma!
Whether you’re looking for a corporate team building experience, a group outing, or an opportunity to have a blast supporting a great cause, this event is for you.
September 30, 2017, marks the first ever Knock Down Stigma Bowl-a-thon, signalling an exciting departure from the walk-a-thons of years’ past. This year we’re rallying the troops and taking a swing at stigma.
Get ready to bring your “A-Game” to Knock Down Stigma! Whether as an individual or part of a team, register today and join us as we bowl to raise money for the communities most affected by HIV. Space is limited so register now!
Check out knockdownstigma.com for more info!