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Liyema Somnono

Passionate Unlimited Peers in Action (PUPA)

Liyema is a gender and human rights activist involved in the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) Partnership and other programs seeking to empower women and girls in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. She was a Human Rights Officer for PUPA where she documented and ensured that human rights violations were reported and addressed. Liyema is a member of the Eastern Cape Aids Council Women’s Sector and is a Bachelor of Law (LLB) graduate from Nelson Mandela University.

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I intend to promote access to HIV services and prevention interventions, like oral PrEP, injectable PrEP and the dapivirine vaginal ring. I believe that HIV prevention strategies should be rolled out within a human rights-centered health system and related supportive national policies that decriminalize sex work and other barriers to HIV services. Importantly, the legal and political environment should cater to everyone regardless of their work or sexual practices.



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