Internationally acclaimed singer songwriter and long-time AIDS activist Annie Lennox will headline an historic AIDS awareness rally in downtown Vienna on 20 July 2010.

The march and rally will feature a memorable live musical performance by Lennox and provide an opportunity for people to demonstrate their commitment to protecting human rights and stopping the spread of HIV. It will consist of a 30-minute peaceful march in downtown Vienna to a public rally with government leaders, human rights and AIDS advocates, and people affected by HIV.Following the speeches, Annie Lennox will give a special presentation of her SING Campaign, which will include a musical performance and some short films highlighting the issues that surround HIV and AIDS.

As part of the Human Rights and HIV/AIDS: Now More Than Ever campaign, the conference-affiliated event is led by a global coalition of organizations including Lennox’s SING campaign and the International AIDS Society, and supported by the Open Society Institute and other sponsors including Aids Hilfe Wien and Homosexuelle Initiative Wien (HOSI).

The event will highlight the central role of human rights in the response to HIV. It will focus on the human rights of people living with HIV and of those affected by HIV, especially women and young people, gay, lesbian, and transgender people; and people who engage in sex work or who use drugs. It will focus on the global AIDS struggle as well as pressing concerns in Austria.

The event is free and open to the public. All groups and individuals are invited to take part in this unprecedented show of support for human rights during the XVIII International AIDS Conference

The march will take place on Tuesday, 20 July 2010. Participants will congregate for the march at 19:00 and start marching at 20:00. The speeches will take place on the stage at approximately 20:45, followed by the special appearance by Annie Lennox.

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