14th Annual Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship Training

July 14 - 27, 2019

The Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship addresses historical and contemporary sexuality issues and emerging best practice in policy and programming for sexual well-being in Africa. The curriculum focuses on sexuality, sexual health and rights, sexual diversity, pleasure, HIV/AIDS and vulnerabilities, gender and violence against women.

Fellows Class of 2005



Hala Abdel Fattah Elliboody is an Egyptian and medical doctor. She has an MBBS in Medicine and Surgery,Two Higher Diplomas in Public Health and another in Total Quality management in Health Care. She has training in reproductive health in Arab countries and has worked as a research assistant with the National Population Council in Cairo and is currently a specialist in Management information system and a supervisor on family planning activities in family planning/population sector in the Ministry of Health and Population, Egypt.


Shams Eldin Mohammed El Gammal is an Egyptian and medical doctor. He has a Bachelors degree in medicine and surgery; he has a Masters and is pursuing a doctorate in Urology from the Alexandria University, Egypt. He has worked as a urology resident in the urology department in Alexandria University and as urology registrar, assistant specialist in urology in many hospitals including the El-Kabari hospitial- the new Salama hospital. He is currently an urologist and andrologist with special interest in sex counselling.


Riham Sheble, Egyptian has double Bachelors of Art degree with specialization in Arabic literature, English and Comparative literature, Gender Studies, Islamic Studies and Comparative religions and currently pursuing a masters at the department of Arabic Studies . She has worked as an assistant editor, research assistant and teaching assistant at the American University Cairo and is currently editor with the Egyptian International Publishing Company-Longman in Egypt. She is a political and feminist activist, works as an independent researcher in the field of violence against women especially FGM.



Sandra Abdalla Khalifa has a degree in Anthropology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Sociology and Anthropology at the American University Cairo. She is a fitness instructor, and a teaching assistant in the department of Anthropology, Sociology and Egyptology at the American University Cairo and has also worked as a researcher for Al-Ahram Newspaper Cairo.


Tolulope Folashayo Osoba is Nigerian and has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the Ondo State University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, a Masters in Social Work from the Lagos State University and a certificate in Medical/Psychiatry Social Work from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Lagos State. She has worked as a state welfare officer for Falcon Klinsmann in Awka, Anambra State and also as a programme officer and counsellor with the Youth Empowerment Foundation. She is currently programme manager/counsellor with Health AIDS Support Services, Lagos, Nigeria. She is a trained volunteer and hotline counsellor.


Kabiru Elayo, Nigerian has a Bachelors of Law from the Bayero University Kano and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos State. He is currently a Legal Officer with the National Human Rights Commission, Abuja and member of the Nigerian Bar Association.


Abimbola Katherine Amosun, Nigerian has a higher diploma in Mass Communication from the Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State with specialization in news reporting. She has worked as a higher information assistant with the Ogun State Ministry of Information. She currently works as a senior health correspondent and also presents a local language health programme on reproductive health issues, gender based violence, HIV/AIDS and FGM, with the Lagos State Radio Service, Radio Lagos/EKO FM.


Saudatu Zahradeen, Nigerian has a Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication and History and a postgraduate diploma in public policy administration from Bayero University, Kano. She is a journalist currently working as news editor with Radio Jigawa Broadcasting Corporation and is secretary, Women Access to Justice an NGO, program facilitator Comprehensive Rural Initiative, Chairperson, National Association of Women Journalists, Press Secretary to wife of the state governor and is also a producer of two health programmes.


Amos Olugbenga Oyedokun, Nigerian. Has both a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Demography and Social Statistics with specialization in fertility, sexual and reproductive health, gender studies and ageing. He has been a teacher at various levels and is currently an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. He has just completed his PhD. program at Programme in Demography and Population Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa on a thesis titled “Sexuality in the Cape Area of South Africa: Dynamics and Contexts”.


Aminu Magashi Garba, Nigerian has bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State. He is currently the executive director/project coordinator with Community Health and Research Initiative, Nigeria. He also offers consultancy services to FORWARD Nigeria, an NGO and World Bank Institute/British Council on reproductive health and Millennium Development Goals. He writes a popular column "Health Interactive" in the Daily Trust Newspapers and Gamji Website Nigeria. He is also a grantee of the MacArthur Fund for Leadership Development.


Roseanne Njeri Njiru, Kenyan. Has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Sociology and Linguistics and medical Sociology respectively from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She has worked as a research assistant with UNESCO and the University of Nairobi and she conducts research in sexual and reproductive health. She is currently a graduate assistant with the University of Nairobi/Kalamazoo College Programme in Kenya.

Project Title: "The Social Construction of Sexuality Among Students at The University of Nairobi"


Gladys W. Jerop Some, Kenyan. Has a diploma and Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication from Daystar University, Nairobi Kenya. She has worked as a presenter and programme producer with Sauti Ya Rehema Broadcasts (Sayare) Eldoret, Kenya. She has also worked with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) as a news reporter and TV news presenter. She is currently the Corporate Affairs Coordinator for the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, Kenya.


Charity Kinya Koronya, Kenyan, has a Masters of Arts in Community Development and Rural Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a postgraduate diploma in Population Studies and Demography from the University of Botswana. Charity has worked as a program officer with the Family Planning Association of Kenya and is currently senior program officer Planned Parenthood of America-International, Kenya. She is a gender expert and has extensive consultancy experience in FGM, Advocacy for women’s rights, Adolescent Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights programming. She has also conducted extensive research in the areas of FGM and early marriage.

Project Title: "Determining the Knowledge and Attitudes of Peer Youth Educators towards Sexuality Education in Kenya"


Grace Wambui Mbugua, Kenya is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Sociology at the University of Nairobi, has various diplomas in debriefing and trauma counselling, counselling rape survivors, psychological counselling. She works as a program officer with the Coalition Against Violence Against Women-Kenya (COVAW-K).



Joy Payi, South Africa, has a Senior Teacher’s diploma from the University of Transkei as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English and Industrial Psychology from the University of Zululand, South Africa. She has worked as a teacher, a project manager with Bain and company and is currently Program Associate Ipas South Africa.


Godfrey Phetla, South Africa, has a bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and sociology from University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. His MA thesis looked at the identity of being a miner for former Basotho mine workers. He has worked as a researcher for various health promoting and rural women development NGOs and he’s a qualitative research leader for RADAR within the school of public health, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Project Title: "Gender Scripts and Social Interactions of Young People in Burgersfort"


Judith Pearl Merckel, South Africa, has worked with the Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa, People Opposing Women Abuse and is currently National Coordinator for Reproductive Rights Alliance, South Africa. She is a black feminist and gender rights activist.


Mandisa Sitonga, South Africa, has a diploma in health education from the University of Transkei. She is currently a health promotion coordinator with the department of health. Saklusizwe local service area, Chris Haani district in the Eastern Cape.


Sibongile Victoria Mahlangu, South Africa, has a Bachelor of Art in social sciences from the University of Witwatersrand. She also has a Masters diploma in human resources management from the Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa. She has worked as a provincial manager for Sports Coaches Outreach (SCORE) an NGO focused on community development through sports. And also as a provincial programmes manager with PPASA/Lovelife focused on health sexuality and HIV/AIDS, currently she is National Manager Life Skills, Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa.