The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund is proud to welcome Prudence Mabele and Javier Hourcade Bellocq as new members of the RCNF International Steering Committee representing civil society. Within the committee they will help setting the strategic direction of the RCNF. Following an open call for nominations, which was widely circulated via list serves of partners and networks, a selection panel consisting of ISC representatives and an external civil society representative, assessed the applications and provided the ISC with a recommendation, taking into consideration experience, geographical- and gender balances, and representation of various communities. The final selection was decided upon by the ISC.
Prudence and Javier will be succeeding Jude Byrne (Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug User League & former Chairperson of INPUD) and Sophie Dilmitis (advocate for policies and programs that work for all women and integrate sexual and reproductive rights, health and HIV, W4GF Global Coordinator) on the ISC. RCNF would like to thank Jude and Sophie for their commitment and valuable contribution during the inaugural phase of the Fund and beyond.
New member: Prudence Mabele, Executive Director Positive Women’s Network
Ms. Prudence Mabele has been living positively with HIV for more than 22 years and has been a prominent South African activist and an expert in the field of HIV and AIDS since 1992. As an advocate for people living with HIV, Ms. Mabele has played a pioneering role in a wide range of organizations – from grassroots up to Cabinet level to international level – and usually as a volunteer.
Prudence Mabele is the Executive Director /founder of the Positive Women’s Network, and a founding member of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), as well as the National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS of South Africa (NAPWA). She also founded SWAASA Society For Women and AIDS in South Africa and sits at the South African National AIDS Council Representing Women sector. Her skills include community mobilization, advocating for care, support and treatment of people infected and affected with HIV and AIDS, fundraising and resource mobilization for NGOs.
New member: Javier Hourcade Bellocq, Head of Influence at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Civil Society Representative in the LAC Global Fund Board Delegation
Since 1989, Mr. Javier Hourcade Bellocq, has been working with Argentinean, regional and international NGO´s and networks in HIV/AIDS, Sexual Health, Diversity and other issues related to health and development. In 2003, he started working in management positions on International Organizations leading programs and diverse teams.
Javier Hourcade Bellocq is the former coordinator of the Latin American Network of PLWH (RedLa+). He actively participated in national and international working groups and conferences organizing committees. He is the founder and editor of the LAC Key Correspondent Team, a health community journalism initiative.
Javier Hourcade Bellocq served as Board Member in many organizations like UNAIDS PCB, GNP+ and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. He is currently the Head of Influence at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Civil Society Representative in the LAC Global Fund Board Delegation.