What is opposition language?
Opposition language comprises the terms and concepts proposed by those seeking to undermine evidence-based and rights-affirming responses to HIV and related sexual reproductive health challenges. These opposition terms and concepts are proposed in negotiations as alternatives that are intended to displace, negate and weaken key language.
Later editions of the Compendium will have a dedicated section on opposition language. This section will provide examples of the often euphemistic, seemingly agreeable and even banal language that is proposed as a means of undermining and displacing key language. These examples will help ensure those involved in negotiations are forewarned of these opposition alternatives and, therefore, prepared to dispute their inclusion. They will also provide examples of when this language has been proposed and rejected in past negotiations and, in this way, provide precedents for rejection that can be used in disputing the inclusion of language that denies rights and fails to follow the evidence.
Examples of opposition language include:
Language emphasising national sovereignty at the expense of universal rights such as “sovereign rights” and “national contexts”.
Language claiming a particular moral stance as status quo and traditional such as “family values” and “responsible and healthy relationships”.
Language that stigmatises key populations and other marginalised communities such as “a healthy way of life” and “risk-taking”.
If you have suggestions on opposition language we should include in the next edition of the Compendium, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.