UNYPA unveils the 8th edition of the Y+ beauty pageant


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By Reporter The Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA) has unveiled the 8th edition of the Y+ beauty pageant campaign. The campaign is aimed at fighting stigma and discrimination as well as addressing the structural drivers of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and other HIV related issues against young people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. According to Ruth Awori, the Programs Manager UNYPA, the Y+ beauty pageant will run for three months under the theme ‘Opening the Opportunities’. While launching the campaign at Serene Hotel on 10, Friday, Awori said that the theme seeks to utilize the available opportunities and create new innovations for young people living with HIV. “This will enable HIV victims access medical services, create extra seats for them on forums to front issues that affect them,” she revealed Awori noted that Covid-19 has been a driver affecting mental health among youths. “Affected youths are at a high risk of contracting other diseases like Covid. Mental health is also one of the main issues we are focusing on and we need to ensure that the affected youths can advocate for others living with HIV during the Covid-19 pandemic season,” she said Adding: “There is...