Institution: Trans and Intersex Rising in Zimbabwe (TIRZ)
Country of work: Zimbabwe
What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?
I am willing to use my skills and talents to help my Transgender community, and learn from other HIV cure advocates. I have learnt that being a leader does not mean you know all, and I am therefore willing to address and help my fellow TRANS community to understand prevention methods and adherence requirements related to HIV. I am willing to sacrifice my time, looking to research and find out more on ongoing trials for the Transgender community, the right to privacy, and stigma and discrimination within the healthy facility Trans and Intersex community.
What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?
In our five programmatic areas, we have targeted five thematic areas that affect the daily life of the TGs and Intersex.
- Religion and Cultural Partnerships: how to engage with Trans and intersex for inclusion in religious and cultural spaces.
- Information: create partnerships with other organizations to generate and distribute the IEC material.
- Family and friends: production of a TIRZ peer support group manual, running of a family and friends support group with the support of SAT (SRHR Africa Trust) Youth Hub.
- Health: promote and provide information through advocacy, sensitization, and focus groups mobilizing the community on methods of prevention.
- Livelihood: encourage the community to use their skills and talents to earn a leaving.
How do you think knowledge learned from the Advocacy-for-Cure Academy will influence your current work?
This will help me in programming for TGs and providing information on new HIV trials and drugs. We will also adopt the information and methods within our organization work plan to improve healthy delivery services. It will lead to dialogue with young people, health workers and pastors in the field of Pflag as a support system for the Transgender community, especially those who are still under parental guidance. There are many methods to spread the information, including workshops, sports to break the ice, calendar awareness, Facebook, twitter, WeChat, media discussions and digital confession, theatre and performing arts.