Mirembe Jovia Birungi is a human rights lawyer and a person born and living with HIV working with the Uganda Network on Ethics, Law & HIV/AIDS (UGANET) as the Advocacy and Strategic Litigation Officer. Jovia is passionate about advocating for health, HIV, and gender rights for marginalized communities, adolescents, people living with HIV, and persons with disabilities.
Jovia has also been instrumental in advocacy for key emerging human rights issues like forced sterilization of women living with HIV and forced cervical cancer screening, advocating for gender and health rights and challenging HIV criminalization through judicial activism and litigation for social justice in Uganda.
“Thanks to the Global Fund for funding ARVs treatment because with proper adherence, a suppressed viral load, and the right attitude, ARVS have helped me live a healthy and productive life, happily married and in a discordant relationship with three healthy HIV-negative children. On behalf of all Ugandan young women living with HIV, I would like to appreciate the Global Fund for giving us the chance to live long, healthy, and meaningful lives and achieving our dreams through the provision of the lifesaving ARVs treatment.”