Sia Ngowo and Thozama Dyantyi representing I4C at CSW62

The 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) kicked off this past Monday and will go to next Friday, 23 March 2018. In New York, inspiring activists, women human rights defenders, and global thought leaders from around the world convene to discuss ways to empower women working in rural communities.

A couple months ago, I4C invited all women activists working in rural spaces within the I4C network – or new to it – to apply for sponsorship to attend. Two winners from South Africa and Tanzania were selected and their tickets booked! They will be representing I4C at CSW62 in New York next week by speaking at a side event and sharing their powerful stories.

Meet Sia Edward Ngowo from Tanzania

Sia Edward Ngowo is an advocate for the rights of sex workers in Tanzania. She works for the organization Connect Community with Advocacy and Empowerment Tanzania (Cocowaeta) and works hand in hand with the LGBTI community to respond to the HIV epidemic while working for the attainment of the 2030 goals of leaving no one behind and end HIV. She works in rural areas and has facilitated the initiation of online female sex worker groups to respond on social and health challenges. 

Read an article by Sia here.


Meet Thozama Dyantyi from South Africa

Thozama Dyantyi is a qualified social worker working at Jersey Farm Advice and Information Centre as a human rights activist, fieldworker, and counsellor. She is working to create human rights awareness through the Unitra Community Radio Programme in South Africa and was a Support Desk Administrator for the Eastern Cape NGO Coalition in OR Tambo district as well as a Learning Ambassador for the Chance 2 Advance UNISA programme. She is trained as facilitator and is particularly passionate about working with women in rural communities to improve their capacities in project management and helping them establish development projects or businesses to ensure that women are able to fight poverty in their homes and are able to fight for their rights.

Read an interview with Thozama here.

Now it’s your turn to get involved! 

Want to learn more about what is happening at CSW62 this year? Click here and find out how you can get involved with the campaign, the podcast, the side-discussion live stream and more!