Profile of Core Instructor Remmy Shawa

One of five core faculty members leading the two-week programme which ends on the 16th of September.

remmy-shawa#‎WMATI2015‬ – Women’s Health, Masculinities and Empowerment: Advocacy and Training.

Remmy Shawa is one of five faculty team members of the above course, which is currently being held in Nairobi, Kenya at the Kenyatta University. 

Shawa works at the Cape Town office of Sonke Gender Justice where he manages a project funded by Sida to strengthen work with men and boys to promote gender equality in the Africa region. Shawa has over eight years of experience in the field of gender and HIV. He is a strong youth leader and provides technical assistance to regional and global initiatives focusing on young people. He also provides technical support to more than 15 MenEngage country networks in Africa.

Before joining Sonke, he served as Global Youth Campaigns Coordinator at the World AIDS Campaign (WAC) in Cape Town.

Prior to that, he was at UNAIDS Secretariat in Geneva and has also worked at the country office in Lusaka, the capital of his birth country, Zambia. He then joined the UNHCR as the national HIV and AIDS Project Coordinator in Lusaka.

He also worked as a Programme Officer for the University of Zambia HIV Response Programme, while coordinating a project he co-founded, called Men ‘n Gender. At the University of Zambia, Remmy was honoured with the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for his contributions to the HIV response. His work in HIV/AIDS commenced in rural Zambia as a peer educator for the youth.

Remmy is a Masters in Public Health candidate at the University of Cape Town and holds a BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Zambia. He also possesses a Diploma in Project Management and another in Human Resource Management.

His key areas of interest are youth leadership, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV, gender equality and children’s rights.