Winnie Byanyima Appointed New UNAIDS ED, Promises To Take On AIDS Pandemic Head On

When luck is your side, nothing can ever stop you and Ugandan diplomat Winnie Byanyima is a good example to explain this statement.

After 6 years of service as the Oxfam International (an international charitable organization) Executive Director, Winnie was on Wednesday asked to lead United Nations funded ‘UNAIDS’ organization as the Executive Director following her 30 years of experience in political leadership, diplomacy and humanitarian engagement.

In a Tweet she shared on her official Twitter account, Winnie  embraced this new role with humility and passion and she is looking forward to join the team with which she will work with to end the AIDS pandemic by 2030.

“An honour 2 be asked 2 lead the UN & global HIV response! I embrace the role with humility, passion & faith that we can end this pandemic by 2030. I look fwd to joining UNAIDS team & working closely with co-sponsors & partners 2 remove barriers to prevention, treatment & care” Read Winnie Tweet

Winnie Byanyima is the new UNAIDS executive director

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, appointed wife to Forum For Democratic founder Kizza Besigye Byanyima as the UNAIDS Executive Director following a comprehensive selection process that involved a search committee constituted by members of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board.

Byanyima began her career as a champion of marginalized communities and women 30 years ago as a member of parliament in the National Assembly of Uganda. In 2004, she became the Director of Women and Development at the African Union Commission, working on the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, an international human rights instrument that became an important tool for reducing the disproportionate effect of HIV on the lives of women in Africa.



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