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Nomtika Mjwana

Nomtika Mjwana - 2017 Nominee
Position: Advocacy and Communications Manager
Organization: Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition
Current Location: South Africa, Africa
Bachelor of Technology from Communication Science/Public Relations Management- Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Advanced Course: Gender
Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    HIV/AIDS SRH Peer Assistant of the Year
    Awarding Organization:
    CPUT HIV/AIDS Unit
    Date Awarded:
    November 1, 2012
  • Award:
    Young Leader of the Year
    Awarding Organization:
    CPUT HIV/AIDS Unit
    Date Awarded:
    November 1, 2014
A peer educator in HIV and Family planning. A Plenary Speaker at ICFP 2016. Holds a civil society seat on Inter-ministerial National Task Team for Adolescent health. Global advocacy at Human Rights Council and recently CPD 50 at the United Nations. – Tlaleng Mofokeng, Medical doctor at Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition (SRJC)
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2012 I started working as a Peer Educator in HIV/AIDS and sexual health at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. I have since grown and engaged in social justice advocacy, specifically working around reproductive Justice, which has led to my role as an Advocacy and communications manager for the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa. Currently sitting on the National Population Unit for ASRHR, I have just been accepted to join the Youth Coalition for Reproductive Rights, Spoke at a side event on the margins of the 33rd Human Rights Council Session entitled “Global Action on Safe and Legal Abortion” in September 2016,and the 34th session on "Comprehensive Sexuality Education". Also with the International AIDS Society as a youth champion for Key Populations.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion is in overall reproductive Justice (abortion, CSE, non-discrimination, sexwork decriminalisation, structural and physical violence against women and based on SOGI) , and this was sparked by my awareness of social injustices, particularly those that affect folk in the Global South in all our diversities.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

Advocacy Manager: Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition
Delivering statements on Preventable Maternal Mortality and Morbidity at the UN Geneva
International AIDS Society: Youth Champions for Key Populations
Facilitator and Peer Dialoguer: Abortion and Sexual Health
Blogger, Vlogger, Podcaster on Sexual Rights and the injustices

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

To buy video equipment for my video blog project on National, Regional and Global SRHR Policy developments and accountabilty strategies.

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