Women Now! 2016
A Pan-African Women's Summit on HIV, Sexual & Reproductive Health & Justice
13 - 15, July 2016 | Hilton Hotel, Durban, South Africa


Dázon Dixon Diallo, MPH, DHL (Chair)

Dázon Dixon Diallo is a recognized visionary and advocate in the struggle for women’s human rights and reproductive justice, and the fight against HIV/AIDS, on behalf of communities of women living with HIV and those at risk for HIV and STIs. Dr. Diallo is Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc, established in 1989, the first women’s HIV/AIDS and RJ organization in the southeastern United States.  For 16 years she has served as adjunct faculty in women’s health at Morehouse School of Medicine’s Masters of Public Health Program in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Diallo currently chairs the Metro Atlanta HIV/AIDS Services Planning Council, and is a member of the AIDS Research Advisory Council of the Division of AIDS at the National Institutes of Health. Diallo is a founding member of the 30 for 30 Campaign for Women in the National HIV AIDS Strategy, and she serves on the HIV/DV National Advisory Committee for the National Network to End Domestic Violence.   In 2012, Diallo joined the Board of the National Women’s Health Network, and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Spelman College. Dazon was a visiting professor as the Blanche, Edith, and Irving Laurie Chair in Women’s Studies at Rutgers University for 2013-2014. Dázon has secured deep reach into a diverse local and regional community, for more than twenty years, as she has hosted a weekly radio program focused on black women, called “Sistas’ 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 degrees from Spelman College (C’86) in Atlanta.

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. In 2001, Dixon Diallo opened a SisterLove program office in eMalahleni, a rural South African municipality near Johannesburg, where the project focus is capacity building and sustainable development for local women-led HIV/AIDS organizations.  She has received numerous awards and recognitions over the 30 years she has been working in HIV/AIDS and women’s human rights.

Yvette Raphael (Co Chair)

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.

Mandisa Dlamini (Co Chair)

Mandisa Dlamini age 30 is the daughter of the late Gugu Dlamini who was an HIV activist, who was stone to death in 1998 for disclosing her HIV status in Durban.

She is a business woman, an activist, founder and director of the GUGU DLAMINI FOUNDATION a member of the Young African leader’sinitiative (YALI) and   Michelle Obama Young African Women Leaders Forum.