Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship

 

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 2012

 

Adaku

 

Utah C. Adaku (New York,USA)
Adaku Utah is a sexual Health and Reproductive Justice Organizer and educator, a project facilitator at PROJECT SAFE, training and supporting youth and adults in educating and organizing around sexual health and reproductive issues, and a Performance Artist. She is the Founder and Director of SOULAR BLISS (www.soularbliss.com), a community space to create, share and discuss self and community care recipes, remedies, rituals and resources. For the past 12years, she has worked on issues of sexuality, gender, sexual health, youth leadership development and reproductive justice. She believes that love, liberation and healing are our human rights and strives to make it more accessible in her life and the lives of her community. She has a Bachelors Degree in Biotechnology and Psychology from Pennsylvania State University.

Gathoni

 

Gathoni J. Blessol (Kenya)
Queer Social Rights Activist, Community Organizer and Free-Lance HR Advisor within the LGBTIQ community and Disability Focus Africa. She has been involved in handling pertinent issues around class and economic oppression within her community and linking it to the wider socio- economic struggles in Kenya. Her interest has keenly been working in the grassroots by being part and parcel of the struggles within and acquiring an in depth understanding of what capacities one has to exercising their own freedoms and sexualities if they are of higher class and circle than others. She has attended- both as a facilitator and trainee- human rights, sexual and gender diversity advocacy spaces and trainings. She holds certificates from FAHAMU on the Pan African Fellowship Programme- a practical and theoretical political learning on movement building, community organizing and theories of change. In addition to a certificate of participation on strengthening policy Analysis and Advocacy on Gender, Economics and Climate Justice in Africa from Accra, Ghana.

Jaiyeola

 

Jaiyeola Abosede (Nigeria)
Bosede currently works as Finance and Admin Officer at the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa, Nigeria (SWAAN). She has special interest in Sexual and Reproductive Health Services especially for young people and those that access SWAAN information Centre. She has a BSc. Accounting and a Certificate Course in Resource Mobilization from Ghana Institute of Management and Public administration (GIMPA).

Fiaveh

 

Daniel Yaw Fiaveh (Ghana)
Daniel works at the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy, at the University of Ghana, as a Teaching Assistant. He assists in teaching gender courses, as well as carries out research and proposal writing in gender courses in the University. He was educated at the University of Ghana (2008-2010) for his Master of Philosophy degree, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology. As a teaching Assistant who is always in touch with students from diverse backgrounds, he has learned to appreciate people regardless of colour, genders, strength, physical abilities or disabilities, and sexual orientations. His main interest has been Sexualities and Men's Reproductive Health. One research area he is currently engaged in is 'Sexual Pleasure and the Construction of Masculinities' in urban Ghana. This study will contribute towards the building of empirically grounded knowledge and theory across the fields of sociology, demographic behaviour, sexual health and sexual rights. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Men's Health and Sex Studies, a centre created to promote the improvement of research on masculinities and sexualities. Overall, he has authored one book, five articles in refereed journals, and several conference papers.

Zalwango

 

Zalwango Flavia (Uganda)
Flavia is a Population Scientist. She works as a Program Manager at the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum- Uganda (HRAPF). She is a human right activist, interested in advocacy for the rights of the marginalized groups especially LGBTI and women's rights. She has been involved in the advocacy against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and the inclusion of sexual minorities in the HIV Bill in Uganda. One of her major duties is fundraising and program and project monitoring and evaluation. She has a BSc in Population Studies and a Certificate in Proposal Writing and Resource Mobilization, both in Uganda. She currently doing a post graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation at Uganda Management Institute.

 

Dismus Kevin (Uganda)
Kevin is a Health Worker and a Human Right Activist. He is the Executive Director of Rainbow Health Foundation Mbarara. As the founder of a grassroots based organization, he is interested in advocating for sexual health and rights, gender equality and understanding sexual diversities and sensitizing the rural LGBTI persons to know their HUMAN rights. He has BSc. Psychology and Zoology from Makerere University and a Diploma in Medical Entomology and Parasitology from Mulago Paramedical Schools both in Uganda.

Kyabayinze

 

Kyabayinze Vincent (Uganda)
C.E.O East Africa LGBTI Visual Artists, an organization that uses visual art to lobby for equal rights of sexual minorities in East Africa. He hopes to improve health amongst the LGBTI through art by advocating for safe sex and favorable conditions to access medical care. He has experience in implementing HIV/AIDS projects among MSM/MARPS in Uganda and East Africa. Worked with spectrum Uganda Initiative Incorporated an MSM organization in Uganda dealing with HIV/AIDS and Advocacy for MSM in Uganda.

Masinde

 

Masinde Douglas Simiyu Wechuli (Kenya)
Dr Douglas Masinde holds a Bachelor of Medicine degree from the University of Nairobi (UoN) and works as a Program Coordinator at the Tamba Pwani LGBTI community based organization. He is in charge of Implementing decisions and policy, writing proposals, building networks and managing day-to-day operations of the organization. He has a Diploma in Elementary Good Clinical Practices (EGCP), Gender studies, and a certificate in Security Management and Protection for Human Rights Defenders.

Atona

 

Stanley Atona (Uganda)
Atona obtained a Diploma in Law in 2003 from the Law Development Centre in Uganda. He graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the Uganda Christian University in 2008 and he obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in 2010. He further obtained a Diploma in Migration from Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2011 and a certificate in Human Rights in Africa from the Centre of Human Rights, Pretoria University in South Africa 2011. He worked as a Legal/Family Tracing Officer at the Refugee Law Project, School of Law Makerere University from 2010-2012 June. Stanley currently works as an Executive Director of Rights Defenders and Promotion Organization and Senior Legal Advisor to Angels Refugee Support Group Association; He is also member of the Legal Committee of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutionalism. He is a lawyer and Human Rights Defender; He deals with refugee, LGBTI persons and forced migrants.

Wokuri

 

Wokuri Junic Annet (Uganda)
Franklin is a Project Manager at CARE International. He works on issues of gender based violence and sexual health and rights but believes he still needs more skills to streamline the approach especially on sexual health and rights. His professional interest range from governance, women empowerment, Gender-based Violence, Family planning approach, advocacy to sexual health and rights and increasing my skills in other areas related to them. He has a Master’s degree in Project and Management.

Mukami

 

Mukami Marete (Kenya)
Mukami is a queer feminist woman with a commitment to human rights and social justice for all people. She is also a MBA holder currently working as the Finance and Administration Manager at UHAI - The East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative. UHAI EASHRI is an indigenous activist fund which provides flexible and accessible resources to support activism around issues of sexuality, health, social justice and human rights with a particular focus on the rights of sexual minorities. Before joining UHAI, She had worked with Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and was actively involved in the sexual and reproductive health rights program and in particular right to safe abortions and rights of LGBTI people.

Oginni

 

Oginni A. Olakunle (Nigeria)
Kunle works as a Registrar at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital. He is a Medical Doctor by profession. He has a special interest in the biological and psychosocial correlates of gender identity disorders and sexual orientation, i.e. finding genetic, anatomical, social or psychological bases for these as well as examining the medical, psychological and social vulnerabilities these confer on individuals. He had his medical degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Akinbodunse

 

Akinbodunse Omowunmi Modupe (Nigeria)
Omowunmi works as an Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Officer at the BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights. She is an Electrical Engineer by profession. She is interested in sexuality, sexual health and rights, gender and violence against women. She got involved in women's human rights after receiving an invitation to give a talk on "The Importance of Information Technology in Your Career" at the Women's Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)'s first young women's camp programme. She has a Bachelor in Engineering (B.Eng.).

Fongeh

 

Fongeh Peter Nguafac Temate (Cameroon)
Peter is the founder of a community base organization Vision in Action Cameroon (VIAF). He is a social activist who is interested in human rights, sexual health and rights, sexual diversity, and HIV/AIDS. He has a keen interest in promoting the rights of people living and affected by HIV/AIDs in Africa. His works are dedicated and committed to building a safer society with equal opportunities for all. He has B.Sc. Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Buea, Cameroon.

mbondgulo

 

Mbondgulo Regina Zoneziwoh (Cameroon)
Zoneziwoh is a Citizen Journalist, Transformational Leader and a Digital Storyteller. She works as a Coordinator/ Director for Women For A Change and ZoFem – http://zofem.blogspot.com . She has a special interest in sexual diversity and rights, HIV/AIDS, gender equality and violence against women. She has a strong passion and commitment to address and transform human suffering, sexual exploitation and violence. She is determined to ensure that the future gets brighter, safer and secure for all, especially on the respect of women sexuality.

She has over five years work experience which span through WFAC Buea, AIESEC, WorldPulse and African Leadership Center (ALC) Kenya; where she served as Project Director, Correspondent and Research Intern. She holds a BSc. in Environmental Science at University of Buea, Cameroon; an MA (non-degree) in Conflict, Security and Development, King's College London UK and a Diploma in Citizen Journalism and Digital Storytelling from WorldPulse, USA.

asekun

 

Asekun Sarah Oluwatobi (Nigeria)
Tobi works as a Programme Intern with Project Alert on Violence Against Women. She is a Legal Practitioner by profession, With a Law Degree from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria. She has a passion to fight against all form of discrimination and violence against women and young girls. She also has a B.L from the Nigeria Law School.