TRAILBLAZING and young HIV advocate, Anna Sango has joined the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) as the PLHIV Stigma Index advocacy officer.
By Michael Gwarisa
As an advocacy officer, Anna will be working closely with the team in providing technical assistance to countries implementing the PLHIV Stigma Index. She will focus on providing assistance to countries on how to turn the results of the PLHIV Stigma Index into advocacy actions.
Commenting on her appointment, Anna said she was ready and rearing to go and she would give it her best shot.
I am really really happy to be joining the Global Network of people living with HIV as the PLHIV Stigma Index Advocacy Officer. I really hope to learn a lot and gain a lot of experience from this role and I am really looking forward to working with networks of people living with HIV across the different countries.
“I really hope I will bring also my knowledge and expertise within my role and I will continue to support the work that I have been doing here in Zimbabwe with the Network of People Living with HIV as well as Zimbabwe Young Positives which is the youth network of people living HIV. I feel challenged, I feel motivated and energized to take up this challenge,” she said.
Annah is an SRHR and HIV champion and expert, with 8 years of experience in advocating for the rights of young people, especially the rights of young women.
She has worked at local, national, regional, and international levels on gender equality and women’s empowerment, sexual reproductive health and rights, and youth development.
For the past 4 years, Annah worked as the Executive Director of Zimbabwe Young Positives (ZY+), which is a network of young people living with HIV that seeks to amplify the voices of young people and adolescents through advocacy and meaningful engagement in decision making platforms. During her time at ZY+, Annah spearheaded and led an Advocacy agenda, supported by three programmes (READY to Lead, READY+ and PITCH).
Anna is a member of the Zimbabwe Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), SRHR Africa Trust Country Advisory Committee (CAC), Community, Rights and Gender Advisory group (CRG), Women Deliver Young Leaders Program, and Young African Leaders Initiative Alumni, among other regional and international forums.