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Leader Kanyiki

Sonke Gender Justice Forum - 2011 Fellow

Leader focuses on issues of child sexual exploitation at Sonke Gender Justice Network. His advocacy work began as a university student body President and later as President of the Provincial Student Union in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), his homeland. As part of a team of researchers, Leader investigated torture and kidnapping and monitored national elections. He received numerous commendations, including one from the Committee for Peace and Development Journalists, the most highly esteemed grouping of investigative journalists in DRC. After becoming a registered nurse, his advocacy focused on HIV/AIDS. In 2007, he moved to South Africa where he has worked for several organizations including Planned Parenthood Association; Whole World Women Association; and Save A Soul Brigade. With Sonke Gender Justice, Leader also works against xenophobia. Leader is currently pursuing his post-graduate degree in Psychology.

In his Advocacy Fellowship, Leader advanced the national discussion on MMC within South Africa, promoted the importance of integrating gender equality education, and supported the South African government - and in particular the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC)’s efforts to rollout MMC among young South African men. He worked with the media to provide a platform for medical professionals, researchers and activists to debate and elaborate on the medical male circumcision in South Africa.

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