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Are you:

  • A young mother, aged 18-21?

  • Living with or affected by HIV?

  • An advocate in your community, working to improve the lives of young mothers and their children?

 

If the answer to all these questions is yes, please consider being a Global Ambassador for The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS! 

 

Since 2017, the Coalition has been running an Ambassador Programme to strengthen the voices of community champions in global HIV/AIDS advocacy. Our Ambassadors are powerful voices for change. They bring the lived experience to our advocacy and have transformed our ability to reach new audiences and affect change. They are all women living and working with HIV-affected children and already committed activists in their own countries and regions. Meet our current and past Ambassadors here.

What do Coalition Ambassadors do?

Coalition Ambassadors speak about their own experience and that of their peers at global advocacy and learning events and in global media. For example, in 2018 our Ambassadors presented at the global conference of the International AIDS Society in Amsterdam and at the annual summit of private HIV donors convened by Funders Concerned About AIDS in Washington DC. In addition, they published several blogs and promoted Coalition messages through social media. We also made some short films of our Ambassadors, which we featured on the Coalition’s YouTube channel.

What are the benefits of being a Coalition Ambassador?

Coalition Ambassadors develop and enhance their advocacy and public speaking skills; receive professional media training; further their knowledge of global policy, funding and programming priorities; participate in global meetings and build connections to key stakeholders at the global level; increase their own exposure and raise the profile of the communities they represent.

What support does the Coalition provide?

Coalition Ambassadors are provided with practical, financial, psycho-social and technical support. The Coalition covers travel expenses and compensates Ambassadors for the additional time they give to this role outside of their day job. The Coalition makes a donation to the advocacy network with which each Ambassador is associated, in recognition of the vital role played by this wider group. It makes all travel arrangements, provides a chaperone abroad where necessary and provides psycho-social support. It works closely with each Ambassador to help them develop their own key messages for events. And it supports Ambassadors to come together for an annual workshop (usually in Africa) where we discuss messaging, policy and undertake media training.

What qualities is the Coalition looking for?

In order to be eligible to apply, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Be young mother of at least one child
  • Be between the ages of 18-21 (and thereby legally allowed to travel unaccompanied by another adult)
  • Either living with HIV or living in a community with a high HIV burden
  • Be comfortable speaking in English
  • Be a strong public speaker with experience of presenting at the community level (and ideally at the national level as well)
  • Have experience in advocacy in your community either recognized as visible advocacy or have worked through a network that campaigns for improved access and response to health and HIV issues
  • Be part of a larger network that includes other young women affected by HIV and AIDS
  • Have already disclosed your HIV-status as part of activism and/or be comfortable speaking about your status in international foras
  • Be willing and able to travel internationally

We are interested in young mothers from all backgrounds. However, particular consideration will be given to young mothers with links to HIV ‘key population’ groups such as sex workers, drug users, men who have sex with men and gay men, as well as young mothers affected by poverty and exclusion more generally.

How do you apply?

Applications can be made by submitting materials to info@childrenandhiv.org. Included in this should be:

  • A cover letter of no more than 2 A4 pages describing who you are; what advocacy network you are involved with – what they do and what they have achieved; why you want to be a Coalition Ambassador; and what support you think you will need to undertake this role
  • A YouTube, Vimeo or other video sharing website link to a video of no more than 5 minutes of you talking to camera about who you are, and you/your peers needs to ensure your children are able to survive and thrive
  • Any web links or supporting documents that demonstrate what you have already done as an activist for young mothers affected by HIV and AIDS

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2019.