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Lomcebo Dlamini

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Lomcebo is a human rights, women’s rights and gender equality activist in the Kingdom of Eswatini who has used her legal expertise to advocate at community, national and international levels for the rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized. The urgent need to better translate research and policy on effective interventions is among her highest priorities so that the people who need those interventions most are empowered to advocate for themselves. Lomcebo believes groups affected most by HIV must be at the center of socio-economic, and political processes and developments, instead of left on the periphery. Her work on HIV/AIDS includes action research; capacity-building; legal rights education and training; advocacy for policy formulation and implementation; as well as providing legal advice and assistance services. She has also been a member of a number of national and regional technical working groups and advisory bodies working on HIV/AIDS issues.

Why I want to work on HIV prevention advocacy in 2020
The Kingdom of Eswatini has made notable strides in its response to HIV/AIDS, with the latest data showing some impressive progress in a number of areas. Nonetheless, HIV/AIDS continues to be highly feminized in Eswatini, with adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) being most at risk, and the impact of prevention interventions for this group not being proportional to the investments made. My recent work with adolescents and young people has strengthened my resolve that research, as well as national and international policy do not remain abstract for affected populations such as AGYW. Knowledge is empowering and essential for Eswatini to attain its ambitious prevention targets.

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