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UNICEF, UNESCO, BBC join forces to train journalists in Azerbaijan on culturally appropriate and gender-sensitive reporting concerning HIV and AIDS

BAKU, December 1, 2006 - In the follow-up to the training-of–trainers workshop organized by UNESCO and the BBC World Service Trust within the framework of the UNESCO/Flanders project, “Culture, HIV and AIDS in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia”, UNICEF supports the organization of a series of trainings at the national level in Azerbaijan.

The training workshops will address journalists, but also news editors in order to increase the quality and diversity of reports on HIV and AIDS. The training will highlight socio-cultural issues such as traditions or gender norms and practices related to HIV and AIDS in Azerbaijan in order to improve skills in reporting on the pandemic. A special emphasis will be given to the use of appropriate and non-stigmatizing language (text and image) when reporting on HIV and AIDS.

“The question which we need all to answer is what are we doing about this human disaster. The world needs the help of the media to tell the people the truth about how HIV/AIDS is spread and about its impact on individuals, the community, society and the economy. Yet there is much ignorance about HIV/AIDS. The greatest dangers to the spread of HIV/AIDS are ignorance, pretence, silence, denial and a combination of these,” said Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan.

The workshops, organized in collaboration with the INTERNEWS Azerbaijan, will bring together participants from all regions of Azerbaijan and will be held in Baku on December 2-5, 2006 with follow-up trainings to be conducted in Ganja, Masalli and Guba in January, 2007.


UNICEF works in 156 countries and territories around the world. Its programmes cover education, health, water and sanitation and the protection of children. UNICEF also advocates with governments for inclusive policies, budgets, and programmes to protect and promote the rights of children, and to ensure that children have a voice in their own futures.

For further information please contact: Ayna Mollazade, Communication Officer Tel: 99412 492 3013 Fax: 99412 492 2468 Email:



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