September 10, 2014
The NAMES Project Nederland has taken the initiative to create an AIDSmonument in Amsterdam, following cities like San Francisco, Vancouver, Munich and London. Their aim is to unveil the monument on World Aids Day, December 1st 2015, at a wonderful spot at the IJ waterfront.
The Netherlands have always been at the forefront in the international battle against aids. The Dutch physician Joep Lange, who tragically died aged 59 in the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, was one of the world’s top clinical aids researchers. He made a major contribution to the development of antiretroviral therapy. ‘To die of aids’ transformed for many to ‘living with HIV’. An enormous breakthrough, but HIV is now under threat of becoming invisible, whereas even in 2014 in the Netherlands people die of AIDS.
As the stigma of AIDS has had a lasting effect on the LGBT community, including in the workplace, Workplace Pride has been working behind the scenes for several months with the NAMES Project Nederland (which includes members from Workplace Pride’s LGBT employee networks) to help gain support for the monument. The intention is to spread interest among our members about this initiative with the hope that they can contribute in one form or another to its realization.
For more information about the monument, the design competition and how you and/or your organization can contribute to its realization, please visit the site:
An international contest for the design of the monument has produced 3 stunning designs (below):