Funding mechanism: Programme Acceleration Fund (PAF), UNAIDS
Project budget: 75,000 USD
- To create a model for improved non-discrimination policies for persons living with HIV (PLHIV) in the workplace;
- To improve information collection and productive dialogue between civil society and government to support both the resolution and the reduction of discrimination cases.
China has a solid policy framework for eliminating workplace HIV discrimination including the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases (2004), the national AIDS regulation and the 2007 Employment promotion Law. A number of provinces have passed labour sector guidelines to reinforce these national policies at local level.
However discrimination of people living with HIV is still common in China. A survey conducted by UNAIDS among people living with HIV in 2009 showed that nearly 15 percent of respondents had been refused employment because of their HIV status. Nearly 55 percent of those who were employed reported management reactions to their HIV status as discriminatory. Workers living with HIV also reported breaches in confidentially between voluntary testing and counselling centers and workplaces. Their answers highlighted a lack of access to confidential coverage of HIV expenditures within the State health insurance scheme and a complete lack of coverage under private insurance schemes. Lack of reporting and media coverage on violations as well as lack of awareness of existing policies or support services for the protection of employment rights of PLHIV are some additional causes for ongoing discrimination at the workplace. This project will support the development of a Chinese State Action plan on HIV and AIDS to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination.
Key activities include:
- Creating a mechanism to monitor HIV-related employment discrimination;
- Collaborating with civil society PLHIV groups to organize joint trainings for provincial and local level labour and trade union officials on HIV-related policy protection; and
- Developing a communication strategy in collaboration with civil society and PLHIV groups.