[:en]We’re excited to host young guest bloggers to the Young People Today site! What better time to launch these guest bloggers than during the largest AIDS conference in Africa? You will follow their experiences through their eyes as young people – their thoughts, feelings, highs and lows, and reflections. They will keep you updated on the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) this week.
Stay tuned for their stories!
Patrick Mwesigye, from Uganda
Patrick is the founder and team leader at the Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum, which is a youth-led and youth-serving organization that advocates from health, gender, and livelihood needs of young people. He is a passionate youth activist that has been involved with many aspects of the YPT Campaign, including holding decision makers accountable for their commitments. Patrick is also involved with a variety of other projects and organizations including AfriYAN and Have you seen my rights Coalition.
Tikhala Itaye, from Namibia
A 26 year old young women, born Malawian and residing in Namibia. President of the Eastern and Southern African region of AfriYAN, co-founder of Her Liberty Namibia, Executive producer of a TV drama series on HIV and GBV among young people entitled “Don’t kiss and Tell” and Regional Think Tank Social Justice member. She is vibrant, bold and always pursuing to infiltrate positive change in communities.
Gogontlejang Phaladi, from Botswana
Phaladi is the youngest citizen to have established and registered a Charitable Organization (At 5 years old). She is a philanthropist, motivational Speaker, human rights advocate, writer, poet, and UN Campaign Facilitator as a youth ambassador. She is the Director of the Gogontlejang Phaladi of Hope Project (GPPHP), member of Vision 2036 Presidential Task Team and part of the African Union High Level Advisory Group on Humanitarian Effectiveness in Africa. She is also currently a student at the University of Botswana.