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 2016

 

Maxwell W. Monboe

 

Maxwell W. Monboe
Maxwell W. Monboe is a Social Worker coordinating a group of 16 different Human Rights Organizations who works in areas of Advocacy, Sexual Health and Rights, Gander Base Violence, FGMs and HIV/AIDS with focus on Women, Girls and Sexual Minority groups. Has knowledge in Peer Counseling, Gender and Women’s Rights, Advocacy and HIV/AIDS. Started as a peer educator and then advanced to becoming an Outreach Coordinator and currently the Acting Coordinator.

Working with these groups has brought me face to face with key issues that exist within their communities ranging from lack of basic and social services. This has given me passion in working with them to make sure that their issues are addressed and to also add my voice to the voices of others and speak for equal rights for all regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation and religious affiliation.

A Liberian with a BPA (Bachelor of Public Administration) Degree from the A.M.E Zion University (LIBERIA)

I AM AN AGENT OF CHANGE…

Priscilla Usiobaifo

 

Priscilla Usiobaifo
Priscilla Ikos Usiobaifo is a sexual and reproductive health and rights advocate from Nigeria. She is community driven and promotes young people’s health and development. Her passion lies in working with grass root women. Her advocacy issues include comprehensive sexuality education, gender equality, community system strengthening, and sexual abuse interventions and youth participation in leadership.

Priscilla currently works as the executive director of ‘Brave Heart Initiative’ for you and women. A youth focused NGO that she founded. She holds a BSc degree in Political Science and a National Diploma in Public Administration.

Priscilla is a recipient of the Annual Nigeria Youth Leadership Award and was a finalist (Advocacy category) of the Future Awards, Nigeria 2012.

Florentine Diantisa Gracia

 

Florentine Diantisa Gracia
Florentine Diantisa Gracia is a young dynamic Congolese. She is student in socio-educational communication at the Catholic University of Congo and is responsible for communication in the Network of Adolescents and Youths Congolese in Population and Development (RAJECOPOD).

She supervises young people, educates and promotes raising awareness of youth in the area of reproductive and sexual health, prevention of unwanted pregnancies, STI, HIV, AIDS and gender based violence including rape or other forms of sexual violence.

Julie Ogutu

 

Julie Ogutu
Julie Ogutu is a Program Assistant at center for the studies of Adolescence (CSA), a Non-Government al Organization based in Kenya. She has a background in Community Health and Development. Since 2011, she has been working in the field of Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR) with a bias to comprehensive sexuality education using “World Starts with Me (WSWM) curriculum with communities, government partners, and youth among others. She has played critical role in supporting the Access Service and Knowledge Program in Kenya and subsequently led an Operation Research on up scaling interventions using the “Whole School Approach”.

Bendu Saybah Siron  

Bendu Saybah Siron
Bendu Saybah Siron is a Liberian and graduate of the University of Liberia with a BBA degree (Bachelor in Business Administration) in Accounting.

Bendu has two years working experience in the area of human rights issues focusing on sexual minority group in Liberia and Programming.


Mac Ilakut

 

Mac Ilakut
Mac Ilakut is a trained Medical Laboratory Technologist, a human rights advocate and an activist of social justice. He has 5 years’ experience in Trans-human rights advocacy. He is a peer educator with skills in community mobilization, public speaking, leadership, training, facilitation with a bias at Most-at- Risk populations. He has a certificate in human rights, a certificate in Entrepreneurship and he is also an entrepreneur and a farmer.

He currently works as a research and documentations officer of Tranz Network Uganda Limited – Uganda Network for Transgender and gender Non-Conforming Persons (UNTGNC).

Akinsulire Damilola  

Akinsulire Damilola
Akinsulire Damilola is a passionate female medical doctor and public health expert who advocates for sexual and reproductive health information and services to marginalized girls and women especially in South Western Nigeria.

She is a member of the West African College of Physicians with a Master’s degree in Public health from the University of Lagos and has been trained on HIV, TB, and Malaria by the royal college of Physicians.
Damilola has experienced in research, programme planning and implementation and has advocacy and policy making skills.

She has worked in areas of HIV prevention, sexual health and rights, family planning, breast and cervical cancers. She is a community driven advocate and presently undergoing a fellowship at the Lagos University teaching Hospital, Nigeria.

Hyacinthe Mpanzu

 

Hyacinthe Mpanzu
Hyacinthe Mpanzu is a student in seventh year of medical school at the Unversity Simon Kimbangu (Kinshasha). She is a member of associated movements since 2008, Vice-President of U.J.C.A, responsible for Programme HIV as the national coordinator of Network of Congolese and Youth Associations (AIDS/RACOJ). Since 2013, she has been an educator on all matters of Sexual health of Adolescents and young (AIDS/RACOJ), a network bringing together all Associations in the city of Kinshasha and also represented in all the 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo to promote the health and involvement of youths.

Dona Sagbohan

 

Dona Sagbohan
As a Programme Officer at United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) Benin, Dona SAGBOHAN works in the area of Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health.  Her work involves in a daily basis Project/Programme conception, planning and management in AYSRH area, resource mobilization, advocacy for a free access of youth to Family Planning, ending child marriage, youth awareness raising in a safe and responsible sexual life and prevention of early pregnancies and STI/HIV/Aids, illegal abortion within adolescent girls.  

According to UNFPA youth strategy, UNFPA Benin has set up a “Youth Panel” composed of 17 Adolescent & youth coming from 14 Youth Organizations with the main objective to promote sexual and reproductive rights and access to health facilities for adolescents and youth in Benin. Co-founder and focal point of the Youth Panel, she is in charge of promoting youth leadership and participation to Development, coordinate youth CSO interventions and insure capacities strengthening in matter of sexual, reproductive health and rights for A&Y, and promotion of parents-children dialogue as one strategy against adolescent’s pregnancies. Dona is also involved in the process of Integrated Sexual Education curriculum in Benin funded by the Netherlands Embassy in Cotonou and lead by the Government.

She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a degree in Programme Management. She speaks both English and French and is passionate of reading. She is actually working on a proposal for new approaches of response to adolescent girls facing child marriage and early/unwanted pregnancies in Benin.

This SLDF has been an opportunity to have a wider vision of the notion of sexuality and sexual rights as well as the impact of the sexuality on policies and Programme delivery in a dynamic Aid environment.

Soneye Stella Abisayo

 

Soneye Stella Abisayo
A graduate of Human Nutrition with post graduate qualification in Population and Reproductive Health Nutrition, Stella’s passion for the field of public health led her to volunteer in governmental and non-governmental organizations where she conducted researches on reproductive health, carried out HIV/AIDS counselling and testing, community-based distribution of family planning commodities, and facilitate programmes for vulnerable children.  Stella is also a certified Peer Educator, Motivator & Counselor on Adolescent & Reproductive Health. She currently works in Action Health Incorporated, where she coordinates empowerment programmes for out-of-school girls in slum communities in Lagos State. She also assists in facilitating programmes geared towards the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and development of young people.

Uwadiale Grace Oyinloluwa

 

Uwadiale Grace Oyinloluwa
Uwadiale Grace has a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan and Lagos respectively, she started her career in social researches and development in 2008 at the Modupe Cole Memorial child Care and Treatment Home School Yaba, Lagos and has taken part in various Research and Community Development Activities in Lagos and the South west part of Nigeria with organizations such as; The Unilag Consult, The Nigeria Institute of Medical research (NIMR), Medicins Sans frontiers (MSF), National Human Rights Commission amongst others.  Grace is currently working as a program Assistant with Action Health Incorporated in charge of coordinating out-of-school adolescent girls’ empowerment project in Lagos which also encompasses sexual and reproductive health training.

Adaobi Chidinma Iluno

 

Adaobi Chidinma Iluno
Lyons Njenga is a young, curious and self- driven human rights lawyer and fashion entrepreneur. He is passionate about rights and Equality, human rights advocacy, politics and citizen action around democracy and political accountability. As an entrepreneur he has managed a three-year-old fashion enterprise, Lyons Humphrey Clothing, which is in its early debut to business. Recently graduated from Law School and currently worked at KHRC, he has developed a strong interest in advocating for Women, LGBTI, Citizenship and Refugee rights and the promotion of human rights and democracy. He is currently a consultant for Youth Movement for Change, a Tanzanian organization working on LGBTI issues. He also has strong interest in research and writing in rights and Equality issues and has done articles around minority group rights.

Mai Muna Sati

 

Mai Muna Sati
Mai has worked on Human Rights issues and advocate for Women’s Rights for the past five years. Prior to this, she has coordinated support groups activities at community and advocated with county health teams for the provision of quality services including ART. Participated in several HIV/AIDS and Human Rights forums to advocate for key population and women and girls living with HIV and AIDS in Liberia. E.g. International youth conference on HIV in Uganda by Youth Alive Uganda and International conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa  “ICASA” in South Africa

Currently, Mai is working as the head of finance for “LIWEN” a network which advocate for Women and girls living with HIV/AIDS and Key Population in Liberia. With the running of AJWS fund, Mai is overseeing activities to advocate and protect the rights of sexual minority groups especially the sex workers. 
Mai is one of the founding members of the coalition on human rights for key affected populations (LIPRIDE). She’s engaged with responsibilities to coordinate LIWEN on the coalition.

Mai has obtained several certificates in Human rights Programme, HIV/AIDs, and is a graduate of the African Methodist Episcopal University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and she is now enrolling at the Department of Science in collaboration with Life Academy in Karlstad, Sweden with emphasis in ICT Pedagogy.

Christian Ngomenzey Musuyi

 

Christian Ngomenzey Musuyi
Christian GOMENZEY MUSUYI is a young leader engaged in the Youth movement and development issues.  He speaks French, Lingala and English.  He is a coordinator of clubs within Youth Forum on SDGs program.  He has a large knowledge on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly in the fields of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHRs), Sexual education, HIV, Youth employment, gender and development.  He has a certificate for active participation in UNFPA e-Roundtable “Voice Up” and a certificate in first communal basis help of Red Cross. He is more interested to the Quantitative method of the economy.   Actually, He studies mathematic economy at the University of Kinshasa. His ambition is to specialize to the quantitative method and development field.

Reanne Olivier

 

Reanne Olivier
Reanne Olivier (Haitian-American) She is from New York and has been living in South Africa for the past five years. Reanne has her bachelors in Political Science and history and is currently doing her Honours in International Studies at Stellenbosch University (SU). She currently is the SRC Appointed Member for Gender Identity & Sexuality. During her years at Stellenbosch she was the founder and chairperson of SECS (Society for Empowering Community through Sexual Health), a student society which aimed to facilitate critical thinking amongst our student body pertaining to the emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological aspects of sexual health. She was also the Student Program Manager of Listen, Live and Learn Initiative at SU and also is the Head of Operations for Africa Matters. Africa Matters places emphasis on the importance and relevance of Africa and Africans within the continent and global community. She values the importance of unity and togetherness in the African continent and has a passion for gender, sexuality, sex and international relations.

Adebayo Emmanuel Segun

 

Adebayo Emmanuel Segun
Emmanuel Adebayo has been involved in adolescent health and development for about ten years. He has experiences in project development, planning, implementation and evaluation. He’s education and experiences have harnessed his skills in management of public health programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He has international certificates in Adolescent health and Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Health programs and a certification in Project management among several others. He has been involved with researches with World Bank, Planned Parenthood Global, and PATHS etc. He has conducted several researches and has presented papers at both local and international scientific conferences. Emmanuel is presently pursuing his PhD in Child and Adolescent health at the Institute of Child Health, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Isaac Mugisha

 

Isaac Mugisha
Isaac Mugisha is the Youth and Communication Officer for Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, and a leader of their community peer educators. As such, he is in charge of communications for the organization to both local and International communities. Spectrum Uganda Initiatives is committed to affirming the dignity of all people and the right of every individual to a meaningful role in society. They are the largest Human Rights/LGBTI Rights organization in Uganda, and at the forefront of the opposition to the draconian Ugandan “Anti-Homosexuality Laws” enacted this year.

Isaac previously served as Campus Coordinator and a Support Buddy at Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights for Youths (SHARRY), where he coordinated a large number of University LGBTI students in Uganda to take part in organizations that provide programming, health services and information to the marginalized youth of Uganda.