When is language key?
This Compendium’s focus language comprises the constellation of terms and concepts that underpin evidence-based and rights-affirming responses to the global HIV epidemic and related sexual and reproductive health challenges. From among these terms and concepts, we have defined the key language which has been and is subject to contestation in the negotiation, interpretation and implementation of international agreements.
By substantiating key language, this Compendium intends to (1) provide a bulwark against efforts to reverse the tide of progress by weakening language in future multilateral negotiations and agreements, and (2) support efforts to translate related commitments into norms into national law and policy.
This Compendium will be extended iteratively to encompass more key language. Sadly, the opposition to evidence-based and rights-affirming responses is such that the list of crucial language under dispute is long and growing. If you have suggestions on terms and concepts we should include, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Terms we have deemed key so far
- Access to health products
Bodily autonomy and integrity
Comprehensive sexuality education
Gender identity and expression
Gender norms and stereotypes
Key and vulnerable populations
Key population and community leadership
Negative legal determinants
Positive legal determinants
Stigma and discrimination
Universal health coverage