Rouzeh Eghtessadi

Executive Director
SAfAIDS Regional

Rouzeh Eghtessadi is a public health specialist and human rights defender, currently serving as Executive Director of SAfAIDS, which operates in the SADC region. She has served over 24 years in Africa, within social justice, clinical and academic sectors. In recent years, Rouzeh’s professional pursuits pivoted gender and SRHR justice, within African civil society. She has a passion for advancing the rights of populations whose freedoms are stifled. She is a strategist, innovator and enthusiast of community cohesion; who voluntarily serves on several platforms to address human and social development challenges; and has authored various articles and publications.

Event Schedule

18 July 2023
19 July 2023
Start Time End Time Session Description Action
06:30 pm EEST 08:00 pm EEST Walking the Talk: Equitable partnerships for movement-building in Africa
Side Event
M-Hotel - Ball Room

In this learning event, funders and African feminist organizations will meet in a conversation on funding practices, successes and challenges to achieve gender equality Read More

Tsitsi Midzi

Head of Partnerships and Development

Urgent Action Fund – Africa

Torbjörn Pettersson

Assistant Director General and Head of Department at Sida

Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)

Yvette Kathurima

Manager, Equity, Gender & Youth Field Building Lead

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Lisa Mossberg

Coordinator for Sweden's Global Strategy for Gender Equality

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Rouzeh Eghtessadi

Executive Director

SAfAIDS Regional

Start Time End Time Session Description Action
02:30 pm EEST 04:00 pm EEST Positive Masculinities in Gender Transformative SRHR: Engaging Men and Boys
Room MH 2-1

This session will explore, celebrate and critique policy and program interventions from Eastern and Southern Africa that work to promote male engagement as an essential Read More

Jude Thaddues Njikem

Regional SRHR Coordinator

Sonke Gender Justice

Lucy Nyambura

Assistant Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning officer

Q-Intitiative C.B.O

Nankunda Babihuga

Executive Director

Communication for Development Foundation Uganda (CDFU)

Anne Githuku-Shongwe

Regional Director


Grace Ageno

Gender & Inclusion Coordinator

Plan International Uganda

Rouzeh Eghtessadi

Executive Director

SAfAIDS Regional


Magdalene Dorto

Not applicable Not applicable

Deborah Nyirenda

Not applicable Not applicable

Yashmin Fernandes

Director Women's Digital Financial Inclusion Hub, Women's World Banking

Stella Anyangwe

End Polo Now Coordinator Rotary International

Blandine Umuziranenge

Founder and CEO Kosmotivr

Taryn Russell

Deputy Executive Director Results Canada

Djeinaba Kane

Advocacy & Partnership Lead AfricaNenda

Rafiat Akinokun

Youth Advorate and cub's health nurse

Melania Chiponda

Gender and Climate Advisor The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

Aries Setiadi

Managing Director Fintech Association Indonesia

Claude Mambo Muvunyi

Director General Rwanda Biomedical Center

Hanna Lemma

Co-founder & Contributor Addis Powerhouse

Kathryn Toure

Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office IDRC

Dr. Lisa Avery

Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba; Director Africa Initiatives

Carmen Correa

CEO Pro Mujer

Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Price Laureate Tawakkol Karman Foundation

Anis Farid

Research Project Manager Women's Aid Organisation

Patricia Elias

Every Woman International Lawyer; Chief, Global Diplomatic Campaign

Lipi Rahman

Executive Director, Badabon Sangho Every Woman Indrani Fellow

Kigali Convention Center - KG 2 Roundabout, Kigali, Rwanda