Thami Floyd Nkosi

Activist

Thami Nkosi says his path to activism was prompted by feelings of hopelessness. After reuniting with his father in 1998, he lost him to the HIV/Aids epidemic just a few months later. "I wanted to care for him but couldn't, because [as a boy] I wasn't taught how to,� he says. Since then, Nkosi has joined forces with other men to build a society free of HIV/Aids � and free of gender stereotyping. The last two years have seen him actively involved in national, regional and international advocacy work, particularly for sexual and reproductive health rights. In 2008, he was part of South Africa's youth team at the third Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights. He was also a panellist at the 53rd Commission on the Status of Women session, held at the United Nations in New York. � Karabo Keepile

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