Rest in Peace and in Power: Remembering HIV Activism Pioneer Prudence Mabele

14 July 2017

Prudence Mabele, a guiding activist for people living with HIV, passed away on 10 July 2017. In 1992, two years after her HIV diagnosis, she became one of the first black women in South Africa to publicly disclose her HIV status. She did so to break the silence and stigma around HIV and encourage other women living with HIV to live without shame, seek treatment and lead happy and fulfilled lives. Mabele started South Africa's Positive Women's Network (PWN) in 1996, was the president of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa, and a co-founder of National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS (NAPWA) - South Africa.

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