Women of action: introducing our Office Bearers

Elected by Women’s Sector members, five Office Bearers drive the SANAC Women’s Sector and are experts on gender issues and HIV and AIDS. Nine Provincial Representatives coordinate local Gender Forums. With a diverse skill-set including legal, advocacy, community activism and research, our Office Bearers and Representatives drive a vibrant, community-led approach to addressing women and HIV and AIDS in South Africa.

Meet the Women’s Sector Office Bearers – all women with the knowledge and drive to turn ideas into real action for women living with or affected by HIV and AIDS.

Mashudu Mfomande, ChairMashudu Mfomande, Chair and Limpopo

Mashudu is an activist of note, who currently works as a campaigns coordinator for Amnesty International South Africa. She is a mother and passionate campaigner for human rights with a strong background in HIV and AIDS. Mashudu started working in the HIV field in 1999 as an HIV educator in schools. She also worked as an HIV counsellor from the inception of the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programme in 2002. She joined the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in 2003, working as a Limpopo Provincial Campaigner and Advocate and Mopani District coordinator. She served on the TAC National Executive Committee secretariat from 2008 to 2010 as a representative of people living with HIV. She has been a member of SANAC committees and was an alternate of the Resource Mobilisation Committee (RMC) and a member pf the Policy Implementation Committee (PIC), representing people living with HIV.

She has been a beacon of change for rural woman in Mpumalanga and Limpopo and has built a reputation as a voice for the voiceless, challenging the barriers to women’s emancipation.

Mzi NdunaMzikazi Nduna PhD, Northern Cape & North West

Mzi Nduna is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has research interests in HIV/AIDS, father connections, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender and gender-based violence. She has 19 years’ experience working for the government, in NGOs and at the Medical Research Council as an educator, facilitator, trainer and lecturer. Mzi has held several fellowships, has co-authored 36 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, research reports and presents at international and local conferences.

She is a member of the HIV Vaccines Trail Network, gender-based violence Prevention Network for the Horn, East and Southern Africa and chairs the SA National AIDS Council Women’s Sector Expert Group.

Johanna Ncala, Office BearerJohanna Ncala, Mpumalanga & Gauteng

Johanna is a qualified medical technologist, human rights activist, woman living with HIV and cancer with expertise on HIV and AIDS treatment literacy, gender, community processes and training and facilitation. She worked for the Treatment Action Campaign where she led projects, held various leadership positions and interacted with a range of social and political stakeholders. Johanna participated in the development of treatment literacy materials and has led treatment literacy programmes in Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and Malawi. Her advocacy work includes gender based violence, women empowerment and sexual and reproductive health rights.

Johanna was involved in the Marikana Women’s Initiative and was part of a community team that set up a community village during the International Conference on HIV/AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA). Johanna is the Founder and Director of Mohau oa Bophelo, an NGO that specialises in building sustainable HIV/AIDS woman support groups within the Lesedi Local Municipality.

Khanyisa Dunjwa, Office BearerKhanyisa Dunjwa, Eastern Cape & Western Cape

Khanyisa has a diploma in Management Assistance from Buffalo City FET College and is a community leader in sexual health and rights where she is secretary general of a youth led organisation called Passionate Unlimited Peers in Action (PUPA). Khanyisa’s role in PUPA includes responsibility of leading HIV prevention programmes for young women and girls. As a 2014 AVAC Fellow, Khanyisa paved the way for raising women’s voices in the traditional male circumcision context. She also advocates for PrEP and other women’s prevention strategies. Follow Khanyisa on Twitter: @DunjwaKhanyisa

SilungileSilungile Mtambo, KwaZulu-Natal & Free State

Silungile Mtambo is a Community Facilitator for the Positive Women’s Network and is also a traditional healer in practice. She has worked for SAPS, the Medical Research Council, the Department of Health, NAPWA and the AIDS Legal Network. She represented the sector of people living with HIV and AIDS on SANAC and is the founder of powerful women’s vehicle, the South African Positive Women Ambassadors (SAPWA), an organisation by and for women living with HIV & AIDS, TB, Cancer and survivors of gender based violence. Silungile serves on the TB and HIV Investigative Network (THINK) board, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Council on AIDS, the Ugu District AIDS Council and the eThekwini AIDS Council. She is the founder and one of the authors of Rise Above All Short Stories Book by WLWHIV, which reflects the experiences and insights of women living with HIV and survivors of GBV.

Silungile has extensive experience and skills in research, counselling, proposal writing, public speaking, using policy dialogues as a transformative tool for HIV and TB response, integration of gender and the results-based management of HIV & AIDS.

The SANAC Women’s Sector has a vital role to play in raising women’s voices from all parts of the country and from diverse communities – our Office Bearers lead this charge.