James Stanley Namalira has been working in the youth and development space at both local national and international level with more focus in SRHR issues. He is a trainer, mentor, and a counselor with an effort to empower and engagement young people in all aspects of their life.
He holds Bachelors of Theology from College for Global Deployment USA and currently doing Bsc in Sociology Gender and Development Studies with Women’s University in Africa and got Scholarship to pursue Masters in Public Health with EUCLID . He also posses several other professional development certificates such as Adolescent and Youth Friendly Sexual Reproductive Health, Fundamentals of Youth Development, Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Research Supervision, Youth Friendly Health Service,Trauma counselin, Human rights, Teaching and ECD.
He is SRHR & Youth Coordinator for Likhubula Youth Organisation, a Young African Leaders Initiative fellow of RLC SA, YALI TechCamp Lusaka and YALI TeChCamp Reconnect Lagos 2019. He has served in the African Union Youth Advisory Board 2017-2019, International Conference on Family Planning 2018 Youth Mentor, Coordinator for Educate Her Southern Africa and Uyolo Fund African Lead Ambassor.
He is a dedicated and self-motivated leader and professional with over 9 years of wide work experience in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS (Prevention, HIV Testing and Counselling, Care) Maternal and New Born Child Health, Safe Male Circumcision, Research, programming and management. He has been a Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA) Board member representing the young people for over 5 years.
Zondwayo Duma is a writer, development analyst and mentor. He has undergone professional and academic training which has equipped him to be a fervent and seasoned speaker. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development Studies and is currently pursuing an MSC in Sustainable Mineral Resource Development at the University of Zambia. He served under the University of Zambia HIV/AIDS Response Team as community mobiliser and held a number of leadership positions in various organizations. Currently, he is Southern African Regional Students and Youth Conference (SARSYC) on Sexual and Reproductive Health coordinator for Zambia.
Teboho Mohloai is a passionate and an accomplished youth activist in the fields of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, Gender Equality, Policy Review and Development, Social Behavioral Change and HIV with over three years experience. She has represented UNFPA Lesotho and LPPA in regional and international conferences. She is familiar with youth challenges and needs in Lesotho and has experience with both national and international youth organization partners working with HIV/AIDS, social entrepreneurship, and youth leadership, participation and development.
Josaphat Tjiho is a Namibian youth with a diploma in Performing arts from College of the Arts Namibia. He has managed to represent Namibia both locally and internationally on different programs and fellowship such as the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) in Mauritius, the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) in South Africa and the Peace Revolution fellowship in Thailand in 2016, TechCamp in Zambia 2017 as well as FIFAFRICA18 in Ghana 2018.
He is also a board member of the Wilderness Therapy Namibia and SADC Youth Network. He co-founded an arts education for development organization called ChiNamibia which educates and empower youths on social issues using performing arts. Currently Josaphat is also one of the officer of the Internet Society of Namibia.
He is also currently the country coordinator for the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) www.iyafp.org since 2017. IYAFP is an alliance that raises awareness and advocates for the rights of young people on issues of SRHR and Family Planning. He has over five years’ experience in this field and is a human rights activist as well.
He has great passion and interest in community development and uplifting the youths through different initiatives and programs.
One of Swaziland’s most recognizable activists, Melusi Simelane is a name synonymous with human rights. As the founder of Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities (ESGM), Simelane uses his voice to bring awareness to the conditions under which the LGBTI community and all minority groups live in Swaziland. In challenging power, his approach is guided by the belief that change cannot be achieved without mutual respect and consultation. His advocacy holds the ideals of slow and steady change in high regard, as a means of attaining long-term consistent reform of current societal, legal and governmental structures.
This measured approach, however, does not detract from his commitment to holding power to account and decrying the impunity with which minorities are discriminated against. His unequivocal denouncement of discrimination in any form has earned him widespread support and criticism. Although grateful for the support and cognizant of the criticism, he believes that his mandate is to be an agent of change in spite of his own achievements.
His work most also expands into HIV/AIDS advocacy, an endeavour he pursues relentlessly in Swaziland and when the opportunity arises, abroad too. He is also a peer counsellor and educator at the University of Swaziland, where he currently completing a B. Com Marketing degree, which makes him a source of guidance and support for fellow students on health and wellness as well as sexual reproductive health. As a passionate scholar and activist, he is an invaluable resource in driving the fight against discrimination forward through education, dialogue and capacity building. This was first demonstrated in the hosting of the inaugural Pride Celebrations which took place in June 2018. This was only just the beginning.
As a leading voice of the cause for ending stigma and discrimination against social minorities in Swaziland and globally, Simelane is a symbol of selfless leadership that recognises humanity as a guiding principle.