BIO: MMAPASEKA “STEVE” LETSIKE
Education: Have studied Project Management, and fellowship on Accountable Governance. She is currently studying towards BA human & social s: dev studies (UNISA)
Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Attributes: With international high-level advocacy, public relations and policy development experience for more than 15 years. Steve’s work has focus on gender equality, human rights, public health with and focus on HIV, TB and STIs, LGBTI issues and broader democratic and accountable governance systems. Steve recently led 1st of its kind in the world, the LGBTI HIV Plan launched in South Africa in 2017.
Steve is the Founding Director of Access Chapter 2, a human rights organization working nationally and internationally to promote the human rights and empowerment of women and girls, and LGBTI+ people in all their diversities. She also is the current South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Co- Chairperson, a portfolio currently co-chaired the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa H E David Mabuza, and having worked with former President Motlanthe, and the current President of the Republic of South Africa HE Ramaphosa. She further chairs the SANAC National Civil Society Forum representing 18 Constituency based Sectors.
Steve co-leads the National Task Team of the Department of Justice on Hate Crimes and GBV. She further co-chairs the Commonwealth Equality Network consisting of over 46 members organisations from 45 Commonwealth member States. Steve serves on UN Women -Civil Society Advisory Group, Global Fund 4 Women Steering Committee. She has previously worked for Government, Civil Society and Development Agencies. Her activism started at the age 13 in her community and school. She regards herself as a feminist, human rights advocate and social enterprenuer.