Vivienne Lalu

Advocacy programme coordinator, Sweat

Vivienne Lalu gives a voice to the voiceless. Before moving to the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat), which promotes human rights for sex workers and campaigns for their decriminalisation, she was rural coordinator at the Western Cape Network on Violence Against Women, and a counsellor at Nicro and a centre for child abuse. Lalu also spent some time in the United Sates, where she worked with a domestic abuse project and a women's drug treatment centre. She says while people always assume that she feels burdened by her work, the strength of the women she meets makes it much easier. "Women are incredible; they learn to live and thrive in the most creative ways,� she says. Lalu says she does what she does because she feels that the position of the most marginal women, affects all women in society. � Ilham Rawoot

Lunch spot: The Olive Station, Muizenburg