This year some of the GIN team received scholarships to attend the 22nd International AIDS Conference that was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from the 23rd – 27th July. For the second time in its history, GIN participated in a number of events that happened in and around the main conference.
GIN was an active member of the Global Organising Committee for the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (WCC EAA) Interfaith Pre-conference that was held over two days from 21st and 22nd July, and we shared our work by offering a session on dialogue with religious leaders, and participating in a panel discussion on queer engagement with faith and a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) workshop. We also participated in Accountability International’s Decriminalization Pre-conference which took place on 22 July. Alongside the main conference GIN managed to secure a space for a stand in the Global Village. This attracted many delegates, organizers, sponsors and volunteers to see and interact with the work that we have been doing as GIN across the globe.
The WCC EAA convened the Faith Networking Zone in the Global Village and GIN participated there too, offering a morning devotion session on the Wednesday, amongst other things.
One of our Board members, Sanjay Sharma who represents the Central and South Asia region, presented the work that he does in Nepal in the Youth Global Village. A number of our members also contributed to many of the panel discussions and presentations, including Rev Jide Macauley, Rev JP Mokgethi-Heath, Aisha Mughal and Susan Shumba.
Amongst all the busyness of the conference GIN came away with an increased footprint, a number of new members, and was able to share its programmes with many more people who showed a keen interest in our existing work and potential future collaboration.