Winnie Byanyima will be the new executive director of UNAIDS, the agency announced yesterday.
Byanyima, an engineer by training, has been Oxfam International’s executive director since 2013. Earlier, as the African Union Commission’s director of women and development, she emphasized a human rights approach to reduce the disproportionate HIV burden on African women.
She’s taking over from Michel Sidibé, who left the position last May amid accusations of serious mismanagement and creating “a patriarchal culture tolerating harassment and abuse of authority,” The East African reports.
Praise for Byanyima across Twitter:
- “Delighted to see African woman heading a UN #globalhealth agency. Look forward to gender transformative change in UNAIDS.”—Ann Keeling, senior fellow of Women in Global Health
- Warm congrats to both Winnie and UNAIDS - we at @WomenDeliver are looking VERY much forward to continuing the conversation and strengthening the gender lens.—Katja Iverson, president/CEO of Women Deliver
“Women leading in #GlobalHealth at top levels is critical for #SmartGlobalHealth & #GenderEquality!—Women in Global Health