Eveline Aendekerk, executive director of dance4life,
explains why the work of dance4life is so important. dance4life works with young people towards a world without
We do this through sex education in schools, using music and
dance to involve and inspire young people. Furthermore, dance4life
motivates young people to take action to stop the worldwide spread
of HIV and AIDS. Half of the 6.300 people infected with HIV every
day are under 25 years old. The initiative is active in 24
countries, spread over 5 continents.
Worldwide, 35,3 million people are living with HIV. Thanks to
improved prevention programmes, the number of new infections has
been on the decrease since 2001. But there remains enough to do,
with young people still being hit hard. In many cases, young people
do not have access to information about their sexual health and
rights; only 1 out of 3 young people worldwide have the knowledge
they need about HIV and AIDS. Furthermore, young people in many
countries cannot access condoms and are not allowed to get
themselves tested without the permission of their parents.
Vision & Mission
dance4life is convinced that a world without AIDS is realistic.
It is the mission of dance4life to work together with young people
to create positive change; for themselves, their communities, and
the rest of the world. dance4life does this by:
Making it clear that all young people have the right to safe
and voluntary sex. We offer them access to essential information
and give them the skills and self confidence to claim their rights.
For example, the right to good sex education and access to
Making sex, HIV and AIDS open to discussion. So, we challenge
stigma and discrimination, breaking the taboos surrounding these
With music, dance and role models, dance4life informs young
people about sexuality, HIV and AIDS in a positive way. The
personal stories of peers also contribute to awareness and