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Muchenje Marvelous, WATCH Co-PI

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Marvelous Muchenje

WATCH Co-PI


Women, ART and the Criminalization of HIV (WATCH HIV)

Biography

Marvelous Muchenje is currently the Community Health Coordinator at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, Community Health Centre in Toronto. She has sixteen (16) years’ experience working as a manager, project coordinator, and other administrative roles in the non-profit and NGO sector. Career history includes nine (9) years of experience specializing in outreach to women and ethnic-cultural communities in Toronto. Marvelous is an outspoken HIV activist for the prevention, education and compassionate treatment of people living and affected by HIV. With her humor, she battles tirelessly for both public recognition and respect, giving thousands of women a voice in the fight against stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV.She believes in human potential and that if HIV-positive people are given the right nurturing and support they not only become good at what they are hired to do, but they can even achieve greatness, resulting in meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Marvelous is a member of the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization. The coalition operates at a national level to progressively reform discriminatory and unjust criminal and public health laws and practices that criminalize and regulate people living with HIV in relation to HIV exposure, transmission and non-disclosure in Canada. Marvelous has presented at conferences and community forums raising awareness of the increasing use of criminal prosecution of people living with HIV. Through the WATCH study, she chooses to become a meaningful force by raising awareness of Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure on women living with HIV.  Diagnosed with HIV in 1995, she continues to participate passionately in the HIV movement, being the voice of the voiceless, and advocating for the meaningful involvement of women living with HIV in issues that have an impact on their wellbeing.