Dazon Dixon Diallo
SisterLove Inc. (SLI)
About Dázon Dixon Diallo
Dázon Dixon Diallo is Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc, established in 1989, the first women’s HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Justice organization in the southeastern United States. Dázon is a recognized visionary and advocate in the struggle for human rights, sexual and reproductive justice, and the fight against HIV/AIDS, with, and on behalf of, communities of women living with HIV and those at risk for HIV and STIs. Dr. Diallo is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Health Network, and she is a founding member of the 30 for 30 Campaign for Women in the National HIV AIDS Strategy. Diallo was recently appointed to the NIH Office on AIDS Research Advisory Council. She has secured deep reach into a diverse local and regional community, for more than twenty-three years, as she has hosted a weekly radio program focused on black women, called “Sisters’ Time” on WRFG 89.3FM and www.wrfg.org in Atlanta. Dr. Diallo holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (C’97) and bachelor’s degree from Spelman College (C’86) in Atlanta. In 2012, Dr. Diallo had the distinct honor to receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Spelman College.
Diallo has pioneered in the women’s HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice arena by: developing and implementing “Healthy Love”, a seminal prevention intervention that is now a part of the CDC’s National Compendium of Effective Evidence-based HIV Prevention Interventions; establishing the first transitional housing program for HIV positive women and children in the South; and engaging a long-term vision for HIV positive women’s leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in promoting women’s human rights. She currently convenes the only national coalition of women focused on HIV and biomedical prevention, the US Women & PrEP Working Group. Since 1999, Dixon Diallo opened a SisterLove program in South Africa where they are currently an implementer with the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, a public-private partnership led by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The project focus is capacity building and program development for local women-led HIV/AIDS organizations. She has received numerous awards and recognitions over the 33 years she has been working in HIV/AIDS, and women’s health and human rights.
About Coco Jervis
Coco Jervis is the Senior Communications and Advocacy Officer at the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Previously, Coco worked in the U.S. at Treatment Action Group (TAG), the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). Coco’s broad experience includes grass-roots organization, community mobilization, policy analysis, and developing public policy positions on a wide range of ethical, legal and human rights related issues affecting HIV positive people. Coco holds a B.A. from the City University of New York – Hunter College and a law degree from Howard University School of Law.
About Dorothy Onyango
Dorothy Onyango is the CEO and founder of Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK) that was founded in 1994 by women who were infected and affected by HIV. They came together to support one another, due to the rejection and stigma that was realized in Kenya in those early days of HIV. Dorothy is a mother of three children and two grand children. Dorothy studied community development at the University of Eastern Africa Baraton and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in leadership which she has been practicing for a long time especially among the PLHIV community. She has presented many academic papers on HIV across the globe and has written a book “Beyond Public Confession on how Empowerment of positive can play a key role in their lives to engage in their day to day life. Dorothy is also one of the founding members of the International community of women living with HIV (ICW), in 1992 and was the first chair person of Network of people living with HIV in Kenya. She is a board member of the National AIDS control Council and chairs the program committee. She is the current chair of the Pan African Positive Women’s Coalition (PAPWC). Dorothy is very passionate on working with PLHIV groups and to ensure the empowerment of women living with HIV to be involved in development issues including rights of PLHIV. Dorothy has been HIV positive for almost 27 years now.
SisterLove Inc. (SLI)
SisterLove Inc. (SLI)
About Yvette Raphael
Yvette Alta Raphael is a consummate leader in the fight against HIV. As a woman who has been living with the virus for over 15 years, she has experienced first-hand what HIV stigma, insufficient prevention education, and reduced access to healthcare can do. She utilized her natural leadership abilities to co-found the Tshwaranang Care Center for People Living With HIV & AIDS (PLWHA). Ms. Raphael has spoken around the globe including several International AIDS Conferences to advise researchers, advocates, and policy makers on how to best win the war against HIV and AIDS. Her passion has been to improve the health outcomes for young women and girls, but her trusted expertise has also been lent to developing policies at the work place and to create better, more efficient structures to utilize the available governmental resources to End AIDS. Furthermore, Ms. Raphael is a trusted globally renown advocate on effective and efficient educationto the general community regarding new and developing research for medications that treat and/or prevent HIV.
About Malu Lattab
Ms. Lattab is a seasoned operations, program, and administrative professional with over 15 years of experience in the private and non-profit sectors.
About Vivienne Naidoo
Over the past seven years Vivienne successfully supported projects focused on HIV prevention, maternal new-born health, prevention and management STIs, promotion of sexual health, prevention and management of gender-based violence.
She has shown proven creativity in identifying opportunities and approaches for expanding the array of stakeholders engaged in HIV prevention work and has brainstormed priorities and best practices of communicating project activities and messages through community dialogues, awareness raising events, stakeholder engagements and conferences.