14.12.2010 -

Round table treatment is food for thought

A library in a modern life can not be regarded as a mere collection of the books. It is the center of intercultural dialogue, a platform for exchange of opinions and discussion club. All of those were proved during round table discussion “Stand up for Your Rights” that took place on 6 December in M.I. Rudomino All Russia State library for Foreign Literature.

This is event was a part of the big project “Development of access to quality HIV & AIDS prevention opportunities and an awareness campaign on HIV & AIDS and human rights, stigmatization and discrimination, for migrants and their family-members in Armenia”. The project is implementing under supervision of sector of social and humanitarian sciences of UNESCO Moscow Office.

The reason for the dispute was a number of important dates proclaimed by the UN and UNESCO  November 16th  – International Day of Tolerance, December 1st  – World AIDS Day, December 3rd – International Day of Persons with disabilities, December 10th – Human Rights Day. All these dates have one trait in common that is attitude towards the “other and others”.

How to accept the other personality, the other appearance, the other way to express a view point, and the other lifestyle – all those things that make us differ from each other.

Education specialists, Moscow librarians, representatives of international organizations, business and civil society participants gathered together at the round table to answer those questions.

Alla Ampar, the programme specialist for social and humanitarian sciences UNESCO Moscow Office, opened the discussion and spoke about Human Rights and fight against HIV pandemic. Then the issue of tolerance in modern society was touched upon by Ekaterina Genieva – director of M.I. Rudomino All Russia State library for Foreign Literature. The speech of Evgeniy Yamburg, Doctor of Pedagogic, and a special school principal, draw a wide response of the discussion participants. To deal with the issue of tolerance Mr. Yamburg particularly, suggested using in schools a method of “case studies”.

Anna Chernyakhovskaya, UNAIDS strategic communications partnership and advocacy advisor, informed about recent research on discrimination and stigmatization of PLHIV and negative impact of those two factors on the effectiveness of measures against HIV and AIDS. Tigran Yepoyan, UNESCO HIV and AIDS advisor, address to the participants with very clear message – the main HIV prevention strategy is upbringing tolerance and healthy lifestyle among youth and teenagers.

It must be said that the burning issue of the discussion leave nobody indifferent to the subject.

Photoreportage (© Anastasia Kornienko, PDF, 962 KB)

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