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Ntokozo Zakwe

Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) - 2019 Fellow

Ntokozo is a 27-year-old HIV prevention and women’s health rights advocate. Her passion for advocacy for women’s well-being was intensified by her personal experiences as a young woman in South Africa who has struggled to stay HIV-negative. She has withstood all the challenges and factors that leave women vulnerable to HIV and it motivated her to do something. In 2016 she was selected as a Johnson & Johnson Fellow to attend the Global Citizen Festival and in 2018 she was again selected to attend the Devex World conference. She worked for the NGO Health Systems Trust, serving as a District Administrator in their DREAMS programme and is a chairperson of the UMgungundlovu District AIDS Council Youth Sector.

Why I Want to Advocate for HIV Prevention in 2019, and What I Plan to Do
South Africa is one of the countries leading in new HIV infections and this calls for more innovation and focus on HIV prevention. My project seeks to influence young women’s access to gender-based violence prevention, care and support in their communities as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention package in South Africa. To achieve this, I will engage with policy makers about the need to integrate support services related gender-based violence (GBV) into HIV prevention packages and the importance of ensuring young women warriors are supported to influence GBV and HIV prevention policies and programmes.

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