Youth Leadership, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV, Gender Equality and Child’s Rights
Hon. Remmy Shawa, MenEngage Africa Regional Coordinator at Sonke Gender Justice, has over 9 years experience in the field of HIV/AIDS. Remmy is also a member of the ESA High Level Group on the commitment to Comprehensive Sexuality Education. An initiative being spearheaded by UNESCO, UNAIDS and UNFPA. He is also a member of the Youth Steering Committee for the ICPD Africa Review. Hon. Shawa also chairs the advocacy sub-committee for the ICASA 2013 Youth Force.
Prior to joining Sonke, Hon. Shawa served as Global Youth Campaigns Coordinator at the World AIDS Campaign (WAC) in Cape Town. Before joining WAC, he spent 2 years on a UNAIDS Special Youth Fellowship at the UNAIDS secretariat in Geneva and in the country office in Lusaka. He then joined UNHCR as National HIV/AIDS Project Coordinator in Lusaka. He has worked as a Programme Officer at the University of Zambia HIV Response Programme while coordinating a project he co-founded called Men ‘n Gender. While at university, he was honored with the Vice Chancellor’s Award for his exemplary contributions to the HIV response. In May 2013, he received the Women Deliver Rising Star Award at the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur.
His work in SRH commenced in rural Zambia as a peer educator for Restless Development and Community Youth Mobilisation. He joined Sonke in March 2012. He is an honourable member of Parliament for the Zambia People’s Parliament (ZPP) on Facebook.