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AMSHeR Announces New Executive Director

Humphrey Melusi Ndondo, AMSHeR’s Executive Director

 

AMSHeR Announces New Executive Director

JOHANNESBURG, November 20, 2017 – The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) is pleased to announce the selection of Humphrey Melusi Ndondo as its next Executive Director. He will join the team on December 1, 2017, following the departure of Kene Esom at the end of August 2017 after six years with the organisation. The appointment was made after a highly subscribed search and recruitment process.

‘Humphrey’s experience as a public health practitioner and advocate for non-discrimination is a great fit,’ said Andre Wagner, Chairperson of AMSHeR’s Human Resources Committee and Board Vice Chair, who led the Executive Transition Committee. ‘He is a proven change agent who has advanced important work for key populations using a unified framework of equality.’

Humphrey currently serves as Director for the Sexual Rights Centre in Zimbabwe and has been involved in human rights advocacy efforts for various marginalised communities including sex workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and people living with disabilities.  Prior to his career as a human rights defender, he worked in psychosocial rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist and a Field Coordinator on the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Programme (ZimFETP) at the University of Zimbabwe. His current research interests involve exploring the lived heterosexist experiences of LGBT persons, the lived experiences and vulnerability to HIV among minors in sex work, as well as unpacking the intersection of religion, culture and human rights for sexual and gender minorities.

Humphrey noted, My vision for AMSHeR is inspired by the fact that the organisation turns ten years in 2019. I envision an AMSHeR with a strong and mature leadership, one that is responsive to the constituency that it serves at a national, regional and global level. I picture an AMSHeR with a wider remit and a deeper accountability in ensuring that men who have sex with men (MSM) and LGBT individuals in Africa are recognised and respected as full citizens in their respective countries, that diversity is celebrated and not criminalised and that sexual and gender diverse persons realise their potential and live full happy lives.’

Humphrey received his Master’s in Public Health from the University of Zimbabwe where he had earlier earned his undergraduate degree. Humphrey is looking forward to this new challenge and will rely on his personal values of transparency, respect, integrity “Ubuntu”, compassion, frugality, human rights, intersectionality, courage and perseverance and celebration of diversity on the African continent.

Message from AMSHeR Board Chair, Justice Monica Mbaru
On behalf of African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Humphrey Melusi Ndondo as the new Executive Director of AMSHeR. Humphrey is an advocate for the rights of sexual minorities on the African continent and has served as Director for the Sexual Rights Centre in Zimbabwe.

Humphrey was born in post-Independence Zimbabwe to a middle-class family where he learned at an early age the values of respect, integrity, compassion, generosity and excellence. He has been involved in human rights advocacy efforts for marginalised communities including sex workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and people living with disabilities. Prior to starting his career as a Human Rights Defender, he did work in psychosocial rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist and a Field Coordinator on the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Programme (ZimFETP) at the University of Zimbabwe. Humphrey has a stellar reputation as a leader who is highly skilled, collaborative, open, passionate and curious.

The executive transition team, chaired by the chairperson of the human resources committee of AMSHeR and vice chairperson has unanimously recommended Humphrey to the Board to be our next Executive Director and the Board has unanimously approved the recommendation. We believe he will make an excellent leader for AMSHeR as a visionary, brave leader, and we believe he has the skills that AMSHeR needs in its next transformative journey.

Humphrey is going to spend the next few weeks in learning and listening, and will take over the Executive Director position on December 1, 2017. His first priority will be to immerse himself in deepening his understanding of the AMSHeR coalition.

I want to take this opportunity on behalf of the board of directors to pass on our heartfelt thanks to Berry Didier Nibogora, AMSHeR’s law and human rights advocacy manager for doing a stellar job at overseeing the secretariat during the period of transition following the departure of Kene Esom, AMSHeR’s previous Executive Director and current strategic initiatives advisor to the board. The transition would not have been possible without the entire secretariat support, to all staff, most appreciated.

The AMSHeR board is delighted to have reached such a successful outcome in its search for a new Executive Director and I ask you to join me in extending a warm welcome to Humphrey and AMSHeR’s new Executive Director.

Media Contact
Juliet Mphande
+2711 242 6800
juliet@amsher.org

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KP REACH has been formulated by KP networks and NGOs in Southern Africa to address the high levels of HIV infection among sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (TG) and women who have sex with women (WSW).

The eight countries included in the program account for 81% of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the achievements in reducing AIDS-related deaths in the past decade and an overall decline in most countries, new infections in key populations are on the rise. The overall goal of the regional proposal is to strengthen region KP networks and communities systems in Southern Africa. The aim is for these groups to advocate for policy change and change in the attitudes and beliefs aimed at reducing HIV incidence and mortality among KP and to increase the sustainability of the HIV response.

Throughout the development of the program, KP networks and organisations and specifically African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA), Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) and an emerging network of transgender organizations called the Southern Africa Trans* Forum (SATF – represented in the interim by Gender DynamiX), contributed and have driven the process together with other research and NGO partners including M&C Saatchi World Services, Positive Vibes, SAfAIDS and the Southern African AIDS Trust (SAT). Hivos together with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance has supported and provided a coordination function for the initiative.


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