INERELA+ Announces the Appointment of New ED

1 November 2012

The Board of Directors of INERELA+ (an international, interfaith network of religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS) is delighted to announce that it has voted to appoint the Revd Phumzile Mabizela as its new Executive Director, effective 1 December 2012.

Revd Mabizela, an Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church of Africa, has vast programmatic experience responding to the HIV epidemic with national and international faith- based organizations, with a particular focus on marginalized communities. She currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor on Gender Justice for Norwegian Church Aid. Her previous work positions include several years as Chief Executive Officer of the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council and as Program Coordinator on Women and Gender at the School of Theology and Religion, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has also worked as a consultant on HIV with many international organizations.

As a person openly living with HIV since 1999, Revd Mabizela is deeply committed to combatting HIV-related silence, stigma and discrimination and advocating for effective prevention, care, treatment and support. She is a Founding Member of INERELA+, having been present at its initial meeting in Zimbabwe in 2002 and serving for a time as its board member representing Southern Africa. She is also a board member of several community and faith-based organizations. Born and raised in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Revd Mabizela is a widow and the mother of three children. She currently resides in Pretoria.

INERELA+ is an international, interfaith network of religious leaders – both lay and ordained, women and men – who are living with or personally affected by HIV. It works to empower its members to use their positions within their faith communities to respond to HIV in ways that break silence, challenge stigma and enhance the availability of evidenced-based prevention, care, and treatment services.