Name: Tendayi Westerhof
Organisation: Public Personalities Against AIDS Trust
Role: Executive Director
I am an author of books. To date I have authored two novels names "Dear Cousin" and "Unlucky In Love" where I have uniquely shared my experiences of living with HIV, gender based violence, stigma, issues of sexual reproductive health and my passion to fight HIV/AIDS and promote the rights of women. "Unlucky Inlove" can be ordered via internet from spectrumbooksonline. I am the Executive Director of Public Personalities Against AIDS Trust and organization with a mission to fight stigma to HIV/AIDS using role models, influential people and personalities. I have been involved with a lot of advocacy work to fight HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and the region. I am well travelled around the world were I have sat on global platforms to talk about issues of addressing the challenges of HIV/AIDS and other developmental issues in line with the millenium development goals. I have a lot of exposure in the mainstream media, TV/print media where I have educated the general public on scaling up access to treatment of HIV, voluntary counseling and testing, self help projects for women and issues of women's sexual reproductive health. I have been featured in several media in Zimbabwe, the region and other places around the world as an AIDS activist. I am a protagonist in the documentary film entitled "growing stronger" which was produced by Tsitsi Dangarembwa one of the leading women film makers in Zimbabwe. The documentary is about women, girls, wives, sisters and public figures in a time of HIV/AIDS. I am interested in all areas of HIV/AIDS mitigation from personal development through capacity building and taking a leading and meaningful role and greater involvement as a woman living openly with HIV in program planning, development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.