Thokozile Budaza


Thokozile Budaza is an award-winning activist who is passionate about children's and women's rights. The 26-year-old became involved in activism at university; she now speaks publicly about her experiences of child molestation and rape as an adult, and has dedicated her life to fighting against gender violence. Budaza has worked for a number of international organisations such as Civicus, Action Aid and Engender Health. In 2006, Women Demand Dignity lobby group acknowledged her with a White Ribbon Award for her contribution in the area of violence against women and children. Budaza is based at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and serves on the board of Sonke Gender Justice. She is also part of an international youth network aimed at building youth leadership and highlighting youth and HIV/Aids issues. � Qudsiya Karrim

Lunch spot: F!sh, Rosebank, Johannesburg