BBC: Let your presenters support World AIDS Day
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I believe that BBC presenters should be allowed to wear World AIDS Day red ribbons on and leading up to the 1st December each year.
In previous years the BBC has chosen to rebuke presenters who have worn World AIDS Day red ribbons. World AIDS Day is a hugely significant day where we mark the lives of those lost to AIDS. Between 1981 and 2012 AIDS killed more than 36 million people and today estimates say roughly 36 million people are living with HIV. With AIDS still claiming on average 2 million lives a year it is one of the most important public health issues ever recorded.
The purpose of wearing a red ribbon is to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic, mourn those who have died of the disease and ensure people are aware that AIDS still exists all over the world. The World AIDS Day red ribbon is an apolitical and universal awareness raising campaign, officially endorsed by the World Health Organisation.
I am calling on the BBC to make an exception to their rules and allow their presenters to show solidarity by wearing a red ribbon.
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