Dianne Massawe

Dianne Massawe

Dianne joined Spark Health Africa in November 2019. She has over 10 years working experience within civil societies in South Africa. During this time, she worked on issues affected women in their diversity and key populations. This ranged from doing research, advocacy, training community members, members of civil society organisations and state personnel. The advocacy work has been around advancing the rights sex workers in their diversity, effective implementation of existing laws and policies in the country as well as ensuring that there is meaningful engagements of affected populations in programming. The highlights have also included coordinating the Gauteng Sex Work Sector which involved being actively involved in the formation of the first ever Sex Work Sector Parliament in collaboration with the Gauteng Provincial Parliament. In the last seven years this has also included being in senior management roles such being appointed as the Acting Director whilst the organisation was in between directors.

In this time, Dianne also worked for three years within the region. Through the EQUIP Mechanism she provided Technical Assistance and Mentorship towards PrEP and Key Populations Programmes in Namibia, Zambia, Haiti, Lesotho and Mozambique. This included working with USAID missions, organisations that fund and their partners as well as Ministries of Health to ensure that systems were put in places, resources were allocated and that programmes could be implemented so as to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal and leave no one behind. Through funding from Frontline, Dianne also has experience mentoring and supporting organisations working with key populations on HIV management in Uganda.

Dianne is currently, completing her Masters with the University of Witwatersrand Centre for Diversity exploring alternative income generating strategies for female sex workers.