Sibongile (“Sibo”) is an activist with broad professional experience in building movements, feminist advocacy, conflict management, HIV and AIDS management, and capacity-building to mention a few.
During her 10 years of experience working with women, she has worked with MANETPLUS (Malawi Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS) as a Program Officer responsible for gender mainstreaming and women and girls’ rights. She has also worked with MANERELA+ (Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Affected by HIV and AIDS) as a Program Officer. She has brought this experience to build the Our Bodies Our Lives Campaign (OBOL) in Malawi, and has also helped in building movements in the region.
Sibo holds a master’s degree in business studies from the Eastern and Southern Institute of Management (ESAMI), as well as a first degree in business administration. She is currently planning to pursue a master’s degree in development studies.
Sibo is committed to advocacy and policy formulation that promote women’s rights in accessing services and meaningful involvement of women in decision-making, planning, implementation and monitoring processes at all levels (e.g. right to health, privacy, confidentiality, freedom from discrimination, gender equality and HIV/AIDS). She promotes sexual reproductive health programmes to reduce new HIV infections and re-infections and promotes the protection of sexual health and human rights for people living with HIV. She also promotes open dialogue with gatekeepers such as traditional and religious leaders, health workers and the government on issues relating to gender, human rights, HIV and AIDS. Her interests include the feminist political education processes and the creation of “safe spaces” for women activists in Malawi.