MEXICO CITY – A group of activists donned pig masks for a protest on Thursday to denounce a sexual harassment and assault scandal at the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
“We want to raise awareness so that everybody knows what happened. Harassment has not only taken place in Hollywood, but also in nonprofit, government and international organizations,” Nicole Finkelstein, head of the Mexico branch of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), told EFE.
In late March, the deputy executive director of UNAIDS, Luiz Loures, stepped down after having been caught up in a sexual harassment and assault investigation.
More recently, UNAIDS and its executive director, Michel Sidibe, have been criticized for allegedly covering up the accusations.
This scandal led AHF, one of the largest global HIV/AIDS nonprofits, to organize the protest in Mexico City to demand justice and pressure Sidibe to step down.
Other similar protests have taken place in India and the United Kingdom, while a demonstration is set to take place in New York next week.
Thursday’s protest in Mexico City was attended by members of women’s organizations and former UN employees.
The AHF also organized a roundtable, to be attended by 40 experts, who will discuss the sexual harassment scandal and demand action.