First Lady Of Zambia And Former White House Aids Director To Address Women And Children And Global Hiv/Aids Issues On World Aids Day. Metro New York Women To Participate In Hands-On Hiv/Aids Experiences With Local And Global Impact
WHY: With AIDS devastating communities around the world, more than 15 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS. An increasing epidemic, AIDS is predicted to cause nearly 40 million new infections over the next decade. In honor of World AIDS Day on December 1, World Vision and the International AIDS Trust are bringing needed attention to the disease –- and those who suffer from it -– by inviting 250 influential metro New York women to take action against HIV/AIDS both locally and globally through an educational event.
An opportunity to inform and educate women guests on AIDS pandemic and its impact on women and children across the globe. First Lady of Zambia, Maureen Mwanawasa, will deliver the keynote address and receive the International AIDS Trust and World Vision New York’s 2006 award for her outstanding work with HIV/AIDS. Melba Moore will be the special music performer.
3 AIDS EXPERIENCES:
AIDS Caregiver Kits
World Vision has launched a first-of-its-kind program to put 1 million AIDS kits into the hands of volunteer AIDS caregivers in 17 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America over the next three years. Costing approximately $25 and containing basic necessities like antifungal cream, latex gloves, flashlights, and soap, the Caregiver Kits will be assembled by the guests, including some who are HIV positive, for international distribution.
Clothing Boutique for HIV Positive Women
Twenty HIV Positive women from the Bronx will be outfitted with new dresses, shoes and accessories by the women guests with clothing from the World Vision New York Storehouse.
World Vision AIDS Experience
A compelling film, combined with captivating photography and visuals, transports participants into the heart of Africa and into the lives of a 9-year-old orphaned girl who is caring for her niece; a boy who watches his parents die from AIDS; a child from Uganda who has been abducted and forced to join the Lord’s Resistance Army; and a young mother who fears that she may have infected her children with HIV.
Keynote speaker Sandra Thurman will inform attendees about the global AIDS crisis and deliver a “call to action” for the attendees to engage locally and/or globally.
WHO: Keynote Speakers:
First Lady of Zambia-– Maureen Mwanawasa, President of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS. Speaking on disproportionate impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on women and girls – 9:30 am.
Sandra Thurman, President of International AIDS Trust, former Director of National AIDS Policy at the White House. Speaking on Global HIV/AIDS perspective – 12:55 pm.
Cheryl Martin, Emcee -– Former journalist for NBC and ABC and host for Black Entertainment Television
Melba Moore, Tony award winning jazz and gospel singer
Watoto Children’s Choir, AIDS orphans from Uganda who have lost one or both parents to AIDS
Diana Figueroa, HIV positive Hispanic woman from the Bronx. Speaking about her personal experience and struggle with HIV.
Hannah Teter, 2006 Olympic Gold Medalist in Snowboarding. Maple syrup “Hannah’s Gold” proceeds benefit World Vision’s work with impoverished African children, including those affected by HIV/AIDS. Speaking on using athletic gifts and fame to make a difference.
Susan Belfiore, Parent of five adopted HIV positive Romanian children. Speaking on family blessings of adopting HIV/AIDS positive children and impact on family, friends and community.
Bishop Catherine Roskam, First ever female bishop in New York
Rosa Caraballo, HIV/AIDS educator in South Bronx
Edwina Findley, Actress on HBO’s The Wire and Law & Order. Hostess of Women’s Clothing Boutique.
WHEN: Friday, December 1, 2006
8:30 am Breakfast
10:15-11:45 am 3 AIDS Experiences
12 pm Lunch
Detailed program available upon request.
WHERE: Tavern on the Green
Central Park West at West 67th Street
New York, NY 10001