World AIDS Day 2015

Sharon Stone joins push to end AIDS-related discrimination at work

Star joins forces with the ILO on World AIDS Day 2015 by telling the true story of a woman forced to resign from her job for being HIV-positive.

Press release | 01 December 2015
Los Angeles - Actress and activist Sharon Stone has given voice to Oleysa, a cafeteria worker who suffered discrimination at work for being HIV-positive. Oleysa’s story is part of the campaign by the International Labour Organization (ILO) – the UN agency for the world of work – to end HIV-related discrimination at work and to promote voluntary counselling and testing through the workplace.

After voicing Oleysa’s story, Stone calls for an end to HIV-related workplace discrimination: “People living with HIV need jobs just like everybody else”, she says.

"It's great to have Sharon Stone join forces with the ILO to help spread the message that HIV-positive workers must not suffer discrimination. We must all work together to end discrimination at work, and to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030," said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

The head of the ILO’s programme on HIV/AIDS and World of Work, Alice Ouedraogo, said that Stone’s message will bring Oleysa’s story to life and resonate with the public. "AIDS will not end without ending discrimination. And we need activists like Sharon Stone, who are also very well-known across the world, to give voice to the stories of these women and men who suffer discrimination because of their HIV status and who often cannot speak for themselves.”