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Winnie Byanyima Named The New UNAIDS Executive Director

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Winnie Byanyima, wife to Uganda opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye has been named as the new UNAIDS Executive Director by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Ms Byanyima has held several roles that were affiliated to the governance of the African Union, and has influenced the international agenda at the United Nations through her leadership in many coalitions of civil society organizations.

Winnie Byanyima, at the time of her appointment, was the Executive Director of OXFAM, a position she has held for six years since her appointment in January 2013.

Ms Byanyima is taking over from Michel Sidibé who stepped down in May this year following accusations of ”serious mismanagement”. Mr Sidibé was also accused of creating “a patriarchal culture tolerating harassment and abuse of authority.”

An Independent Expert Panel (IEP) report commissioned by UNAIDS’s governing body said the agency’s culture under Sidibé also failed “to uphold the United Nations’ laws and values.”

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