Besta Mulenje, 25

Besta is volunteer with the Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign, where she works girls and young women who are living with HIV and establish safe, youth-friendly spaces. She was the youngest person on the district adolescent health technical working group, where she was committed to bringing the voice and concerns of rural women and girls into the discussion.

Besta acknowledges the gap between her nation’s HIV policies and the programs available for girls and young women. “These policies are good on paper, but have proved not to meet the health demands of the ever increasing number of both urban and rural girls and young women. It’s for this reason that I would like to be an ambassador on this progressive project to be the voice for the many girls and young women living with HIV, not only in urban areas but also in my rural community.