I strongly object to the use of the term "AIDS orphans."
I believe the term "AIDS orphans" marginalizes millions of other vulnerable children who are also in need of assistance. I also think the term increases stigmatization and discrimination against children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. As such, use of the phrase, particularly in the context of government-sponsored aid programs, violates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
So, I suppose I would say that I support the spirit behind the day itself, but believe that the title "World AIDS Orphans Day" undermines that spirit.
Anyone interested in reading more about use of the term "AIDS orphans" and its potential negative consequences may find the following sites/articles useful:
- AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC): Problems, Responses and Issues for Congress
- International HIV/AIDS Alliance: Children's Rights
- United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
- International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights: 2006 Consolidated Version
- Committee on the Rights of the Child, General Comment No. 3: HIV/AIDS and the rights of the child