We are very proud to announce two new members into our delegation and we would like you to help welcome them: Ms. Pye Jakobsen and Mr. Sergey Votyagov.
Below you will find a quick summary of their bios:
- Pye has been involved since the start of the response to the HIV epidemic on local, national, and international levels, playing a particularly effective role as an advocate, for the human rights and health of all people living with HIV, but especially for sex workers, and people who use drugs as a much sought after policy analyst, and also as an implementer of innovative community based, peer led responses. In her role as President of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) Pye has conducted numerous capacity building workshops with sex workers around the world and is a much sought after commentator on the human rights and health of sex workers. Far from only being interested in issues affecting sex workers, Pye has worked tirelessly to emphasize the intersections between sex workers and people who use drugs, emphasizing the roles that stigma and discrimination play in exacerbating the spread of the epidemic, amongst these communities and other marginalized people.
- Sergey is the Director of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, which has worked for more than a decade to support political attention, funding and quality programming for people at risk of HIV in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In that capacity, he has engaged on multiple issues of relevance to Global Fund policy and operations, including as a recipient of a regional Global Fund grant, a respected convener of UN and community consultation processes, an interlocutor with governments, and an analyst of the effects of economic transition on funding streams and HIV programming. He is a participant in key Global Fund working groups such as the Development Continuum Working Group. Sergey also brings a longstanding and lived commitment to ensuring the inclusion of those directly affected. EHRN has enabled the participation of people living with HIV and those who inject drugs in multiple forums, and has served as a convener and facilitator for the Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs. This often has involved translating –literally and figuratively—the observations and experiences of the communities among whom HIV is concentrated in Eastern Europe to non-Russian speakers, and Sergey and EHRN are among the only regional organizations operating bilingually to exchange information about HIV prevention and treatment, and funding mechanisms, back and forth between Eastern Europe and the West.
We look forward to working with our two new colleagues, which makes our delegation up to 16 members.