Established in 2015, the W4GF Advisory Group provides technical and strategic advice to the W4GF Secretariat. The Advisory Group comprises of not more than eight (8) members and these individuals represent the Community-Based Organisation (CBO) or Civil Society Organisation (CSO) that they are working for, and/or bring in additional expertise as individuals to the Advisory Group.
Members of the Advisory Group provide to W4GF:
- Advice on the development of the W4GF strategy and its activities;
- Guidance on working processes and activities within the W4GF workplan;
- Guidance and support to the W4GF Global Coordinator;
- Share/Identify any potential donors with the W4GF Secretariat; and Support in the creation and implementation of advocacy plans and activities.
The Global Coordinator of W4GF is an ex-officio member of the Advisory Group.
Members of the Advisory Group
Ms Claire Mathonsi
Based in Senegal
Claire Mathonsi is currently the Gender & Gender Based Violence Technical Advisor for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Claire is a Gender specialist by profession and has vast experience in NGO management and public/private partnerships for developmental work. Her expertise covers gender and women’s rights, gender mainstreaming, public health, governance and economic transformation and violence. Claire has worked with regional institutions and advocacy and policy making are also areas of expertise.
Claire has served as an Office Bearer for the South African AIDS Council (SANAC) Women’s Sector and served on South Africa’s Resource Mobilisation Committee (RMC), which then became the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM). Claire served on the RMC and the CCM and has been involved in SANAC for 7 years with a strategic focus on the Global Fund. Her responsibilities have included meaningful engagement of women in Global Fund processes but also to drive the Women’s Sector vision of the appointment of women’s organisations as Principle Recipients.
She was also involved in advocacy regarding women and the Global Fund with a particular focus on funding and women centred approaches. She was instrumental in developing funding mechanisms for the Women’s Sector, which ensured independence from SANAC funding.
Ms Olga Byelyayeva
Based in Lithuania
Olga Byelyayeva has a Masters degree in clinical psychology and is the manager of the Community and Membership Strengthening Team at the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN). She has 13 years experience in harm reduction; and supported community led (local and national NGOs) in Ukraine, together with local government to ensure sexual and reproductive health services for women who used drugs. As a researcher, Olga was a team leader for the development of guidelines “Find your fly”, the purpose of which is how to prevent HIV and Hep C in women who inject drugs and those forced into commercial sex work. More than 10 years ago Olga experienced stigma and discrimination and police violence in the health care system. As a result, she became an agent of change and started to mobilise women from different backgrounds to strengthen the capacity and partnership of women; influence decision makers; and support women to become decision makers.
In 2013 Olga took part in the Global Fund campaign “Here I am”. During 2014-16, Olga provided gender responsive training workshops for CCM members; the CCM Secretariat in Georgia, women living with HIV, sex workers and/or women who use drugs, and service providers in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine. The purpose was to improve awareness of common principles of national and international gender policy; to highlight best practices and lessons learned; and explain gender dynamics in HIV and TB programming. One of Olga’s life goals is to strengthen civil society partners, including women’s organisations and organisations of women living with or directly affected by HIV, TB and malaria.
Ms Elisa Canqui Mollo
Based in Bolivia
Elisa Canqui Mollo identifies with the Aymara people and is an indigenous and feminist activist in Bolivia. She served as Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from 2008 to 2010. Since 2009 she has served as a member of the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS and has worked in the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs in Bolivia. As a Member of International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS, she has been working on Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV and important linkages. At community level, she is aware of how the national TB program is implemented at the municipal levels, advocates for indigenous peoples and especially the engagement and participation of women in TB prevention. Following working with the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs in Bolivia Elisa became a consultant for the Interamerican Development Bank and other international co-operations in Bolivia. Elisa is currently working on her PhD thesis on indigenous governance and extractive industries.
Ms Maureen Murenga
Based in Kenya
Maureen Murenga is a passionate advocate for the health, development and human rights of women and girls living with HIV and a pioneer amongst the young women and adolescent girls living with HIV movement in Kenya. Maurine’s passion for advocacy is driven by her lived experience and the inequality and vulnerability that young women and adolescent girls living with HIV experience in her community. In response to these challenges – she founded the Lean on Me Foundation – an organisation that provides comprehensive care and support to adolescent girls and young women living with HIV and affected by TB in Kenya. Maurine is currently working with the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW Global) as the Global Fund Coordinator. Maureen is also a member of the Communities Delegation to the Global Fund Board, part of the Global Fund Advocates Network and a member of the Global Fund’s Community Rights and Gender (CRG) Division Advisory Group. In Kenya – Maureen is a member of Gender Technical Committee on HIV and AIDS.
Ms Olivia Ngou
Based in Cameroon
Olivia Ngou joined Malaria No More in mid 2010 as a program consultant and is now leading Malaria No More Cameroon programs as the Country Director. Prior joining the team, Olivia worked as an intern with the UN Special Envoy for Malaria in New York. Olivia was also a Project Associate fellow of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY): Health of the Wellness Project where she taught an introductory public health course to undergraduate’s students at CITY College. She also worked with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control as a research assistant. She graduated from the CUNY School of public health in 2012. In 2013, she was a fellow of the Harvard University Science of Eradication Malaria Leadership Course. Olivia is passionate about public health and the fight against malaria and strives to create a world where no dies from malaria. She is an active member of the Roll Back Malaria Coordination Committee for Central Africa and a member of the Community Delegations to the Global Fund Board to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria.
Ms Mmapaseka Steve Letsike
Based in South Africa
Mmapaseka Letsike (Steve) is an activist, feminist, leader, mentor and vibrant human rights advocate representing the ATHENA Network in the W4GF Steering Group. She has high-level advocacy and policy experience and worked with a number of leading NGOs to date. She is the current South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Co-Chairperson, a portfolio currently co-chairing with the H.E Cyril Ramaphosa Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, she is also a leader and chairperson of SANAC Civil Society Forum. Steve is a Founding Director of Access Chapter 2 (AC2), a human Rights organisation with a focus on Women, LGBTI people and civil society’s participation on public policy processes. AC2 is derived from South Africa’s Constitution referring to the Bill of Rights: Chapter 2. Her passion for human rights includes her previous experience working with Anova health Institute, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), OUT LGBT Well-Being and Department of Social Development, her work includes working with Global LGBTI, HIV/AIDS, gender equality, democracy, leadership groups and serves on many other boards, structures and networks including the DOJ National Task Team.
Ms Sian Maseko
Based in UK
Sian has published a variety of articles on women’s rights work in Zimbabwe, particularly on sex workers, movement building and feminism. She has led and published research on violence against sex workers and stigma and discrimination against KAPs in the healthcare system. Sian is a board member of Voice of the Voiceless, a feminist collective based in Zimbabwe was a member of the Human Rights Reference Group (HRRG) for the Global Fund and in the HRRG task group on Challenging Operating Environments (COE).
RD Marte, Executive Director of APCASO
August 2015 to July 2016