W4GF Global Coordinator
Sophie’s work spans two decades of pioneering grassroots work and top-level policy development focusing on women and young people in developing and developed countries. Living with HIV for 28 years, Sophie is an advocate for policies and programmes that work for all women across diversities, and that integrate sexual and reproductive rights, health and HIV.
In 2001 Sophie founded Choose Life, a grassroots youth led organisation and developed a comprehensive sexuality education and HIV training program, implemented in 30 schools in Zimbabwe over five years reaching over 7000 youth.
From 2006 to 2011 Sophie worked at the global level for the World YWCA and developed/implemented their Global SRHR and HIV Strategy. In 2012, Sophie supported AIDS Strategy Advocacy and Policy (ASAP) to analyse the gender aspects and impacts of the Global Fund’s programmes through Rounds eight and nine and played a substantial role in supporting Women4GlobalFund in its inception phase, and played a key role in the capacity-building workshops in 2013 and 2014.
Sophie re-joined the W4GF Team as the Programme Coordinator in 2015 and then assumed the role of Global Coordinator in August 2016. Since 2012 Sophie’s other work focused on the rights of women living with HIV playing a key role in developing the WHO guidelines on the SRHR of women living with HIV and a Checklist (endorsed by UNAIDS and now owned by WHO) to support its full implementation in-countries. In May 2019 Sophie was elected as Chair of the WHO Advisory Group of women living with HIV.
She strives to live with integrity and therefore responsibility and accountability are key principles that guide her work. Sophie is driven by a deep passion for social justice and dreams to live in a world that is equitable and just for all.
LUCY WANJIKU NJENGA
W4GF Movement Building Officer
Lucy Wanjiku Njenga is a young woman leader who is visionary and passionate about young women and girls.
Diagnosed in 2012 with HIV and right after losing her son to HIV related complications, she committed to ensuring no other girl had to go through the same.
This was achieved by her initiative of being a peer mentor and a trainer of trainers of a Behaviour Change Curriculum in HOPE project where she reached more than 2000 students.
She founded Sauti Skika, the first network of adolescent and young people living with HIV in Kenya in 2015 that has become a platform that gives adolescent and young people a voice. Lucy is the Founder and Executive Coordinator of Positive Young Women Voices.
She served as the African Delegate in the NGO Delegation to PCB of UNAIDS in 2018 -2020 and the is Alternate Board member in the Kenya Country Coordinating Mechanism to the Global Fund. She has hands-on experience in the previous funding request submitted to the Global Fund and advocated to have a seat for adolescent and young people in the KCM, Kenya being a first to have such a seat.
Lucy lives in Nairobi with her partner and their five year old daughter.
NDOLO MIRANDA EKEMA
W4GF Programme Officer
Ndolo holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing and is currently pursuing a Postgraduate diploma in Public Health at the University of Pretoria. Miranda has a 7 year old son and lives with her husband in Cape Town.
Ndolo is a young activist and believes that community-centered movements can change the world. Ndolo is interested in health systems, services and policies and has worked in HIV prevention and care in Cameroon. Ndolo is a passionate feminist and advocates for the rights of adolescent girls and young women to enjoy access to HIV services and their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
In 2016 her community was affected by a socio-political crisis with women and young people being impacted by violence. This led to Ndolo’s engagement in education in emergencies. She led conversations with the UNICEF High Level Panel around education in emergencies, youth migration and displacement and has campaigned for funding for education in regions that have been most impacted.
Ndolo is a member of the Global Fund Community Rights and Gender Advisory Group and a member of the Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) Speakers Bureau, and previously served as the HER Voice Fund Ambassador for Cameroon with her work cutting across HIV, TB and malaria.