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Shakirah Namwanje

Peer to Peer Uganda - 2019 Fellow

Shakirah is a 25-year-old student of guidance counseling at Kyambogo University. She is a survivor of child sexual abuse and a young woman living with HIV. She is an advocate for positive living and HIV prevention, and works tirelessly to see to it that “my HIV ends with me”. Shakirah leads peer education and counseling of young people mostly through experience sharing and music, dance and drama. She is also an activist for the end of sexual abuse in Uganda, especially against girls and young women and uses radio and talk shows to tell her story to inspire more girls to speak up about their challenges and seek help.

Why I Want to Advocate for HIV Prevention in 2019, and What I Plan to Do
Even with tremendous work by researchers and scientists and the progress made so far in regards to the HIV epidemic, many young people continue to get HIV every day. This shows that we have to go back to the drawing board and come up with better products and plans to deliver all prevention options. I plan to support young people to engage with and influence ongoing HIV prevention research in Uganda; ensure young people know about PrEP and that they are engaged in developing a strategy for ring rollout. I’ll also advocate for policies that protect against gender-based violence and support HIV and SRH integration.

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