Jamra primary scholl for children affected by HIV/AIDS, drugs or poverty, Senegal (c) Nell Freeman/Alliance Participants in the Photovioce project, Ecuador © Marcela Nievas for the Alliance
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Photo exhibition: Kick HIV stigma out


Symbolising anti-stigma and strength (C) Ady Mulyadi, Rumah Cemara, Indonesia

A participatory photography project brought together six people from five countries who are all working to increase HIV awareness and reduce stigma in their communities.

The photographers, from Cameroon, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Ukraine, were at the Brighton and Hove Albion football stadium for the week-long Football Fighting Back event, co-hosted by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance with Albion in the Community, the charitable arm of the club.

Five of the six participants are from organisations supported by the Alliance to tackle HIV at community-level, and some had never photographed before the project.

The photographers have created two online exhibitions:

  • One goal expresses what the Football Fighting Back event meant to them and why it is important in relation to their community-based work tackling HIV.
    Participants will use the skills they developed to help them reach young people in their communities through sport, and to develop their confidence and their understanding of HIV. View gallery now >>

  • In Kick HIV stigma out the photographers illustrate the community’s role in challenging and reducing HIV-related stigma and the importance of working together, and their collective feeling of hope.

Read the Guardian's coverage of the event Using football to kick about a message on AIDS.

And hear from three of the participants; about why the project is important and what experiences they're bringing to it.