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Read about the difference membership to the Alliance has made to our members:

MAP International – Member since 2001

Peter Okaalet, Senior Director Health & HIV/AIDS Policy

It has been a privilege and an opportunity for MAP to serve on the EAA’s Strategy Group for HIV/AIDS since its inception ten years ago. Luz Stella took over from me in 2009.
Serving alongside members of the strategy groups for HIV/AIDS (2000-2008) helped me grow as networker, as did working with exceptional colleagues at the Secretariat; and
with the Ecumenical Advocacy Committee.

Membership to the EAA has inspired MAP to:

  • keep promoting EAA’s five goals: preventing HIV, fighting stigma, providing treatment to PLHIV, mobilizing resources, holding governments accountable;
  • build partnerships and networks locally and internationally;
  • share the EAA materials on stigma;
  • promote World AIDS Day at local, denominational and congregational levels;
  • attend the International AIDS Conferences and Ecumenical Pre-Conferences: 2002 (Barcelona), 2006 (Toronto), 2008 (Mexico City);
  • partner with others in reflections on ‘The Theology of HIV Prevention’ – leading to co-authoring a book on that subject;
  • serve on the Interfaith Steering Committee that organized the Summit for High Level Religious Leaders of March 2010.

Programmatically, we’ve been inspired at four levels:

  • Partnering with others to reach orphans and vulnerable children;
  • Pastoral training of clergy/lay leaders with requisite counselling skills;
  • Promoting HIV education in theological education;
  • Policy development on AIDS.

A highlight for me was the meeting at Bossey, Switzerland (2006), where the EAA brought together key stakeholders to discuss Resource Mobilization for FBOs.

MAP will remain an ally in promoting greater involvement in ecumenism, alliance building and advocacy towards a more comprehensive approach to Total Health - espousing self-empowerment models.

Pax Christi International – Member since 2001
Nithiya Anthony Sagayam, Secretary to the Office of Human Development of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences

As a member of the Pax Christi International which is part of EAA, I consider my primary focus is on the welfare of the poorest and the weakest. We cannot work for the welfare of all, unless we begin it with the welfare of the least.

My acquaintance with the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance has helped me to take a concrete action plan [in India] towards the entitlements of the marginalised with regard to their Right to Food. The commitment and dedication that I found in the EAA mind-set helped me to get deeper convictions in reaching out to the marginalised [as a ] top priority. The EAA undertaking helped me to move further in the issue of the Poverty and Hunger Reduction.

Since India is huge with many linguistic barriers, we translated the Right to Food Campaign literature into all the 10 major languages of the country. We also prepared powerpoints in all these languages and made CD materials available for trainings in all 10 languages. The materials are also available in a pocket-size leaflet with all the Supreme Court orders. Within these two years, we have given trainings on campaigns in 20 out of 30 states and come up with concrete results of empowerment. Our training and campaigns have brought about greater results than what we thought.

The journey continues. The campaign strategies on Right to Food are now spreading to other areas like Right to Education (for poor children), Right to Health (primary health care in rural areas) and Right to Peace (to reduce arms expenditure at least by 10% and focus on the development of the poorest of the country.

World YWCA – Member since 2001
World YWCA Staff

The World YWCA was actively involved in the development of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA). Throughout our collaboration with EAA, the World YWCA has participated in important initiatives. It has been enriching and exciting to be a part of a strong, organized and credible alliance.

Our interaction with EAA has mostly revolved around our thematic work on HIV. The World YWCA has appreciated the EAA’s advocacy on issues such as calling for the G8 countries to fund universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support, travel restrictions and pediatric medication. The World YWCA has also appreciated the value added by the EAA in addressing areas such as trade and food security. This has enabled the World YWCA to share these resources and publications with our Member Associations who work on these issues.

The EAA has been a serious leader in advocating and supporting religious leaders to respond to HIV. It has offered important and safe spaces, such as the High-Level Religious Leaders Summit, where people most vulnerable to HIV, those living with HIV and religious leaders were able to engage, many for the first time. These strategic, ecumenical and multi-faith spaces, and the dialogue they generate, have an important impact on how religious leaders respond to the pandemic. These dialogues act as catalysts for change. The EAA brings leaders, organisations, churches and individuals together to engage on sometimes contentious and neglected issues related to values and human rights in the AIDS response and in the areas of economic justice and sustainable development.

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