Senior Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation Coordinator: Michael KaiyatsaMichael Simon Kaiyatsa is a passionate human rights advocate with 10 years of experience in managing governance and human rights-related projects. He is particularly passionate about sexual and reproductive health rights, HIV and AIDS, LGBTI and social inclusion. His main areas of expertise include: behavioral change communication, capacity building, advocacy and resource mobilization.
His major achievements include setting up the National Media Taskforce on Minority Rights and the National Technical Working Group on LGBTI issues in Malawi. Michael is also an accomplished writer with vast experience in media and development.
In 2010, Michael was awarded the prestigious Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Prize for his article analyzing the impact of cash transfers on poor households in Malawi. Michael has also contributed articles to various local and international publications, including the following journals: Reflections on Sexuality and Equality in Africa Volume 1 produced by AmSHER, Building Bridges: Mainstreaming Sexual and Gender Diversity produced by SIMAVI, and the State of Right to Information in Africa Volume 1 and 2 published by the African Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC). He has also contributed to various human rights reports, including the Shadow Report on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Malawi, the Shadow Report on the Situation of Intersex Children in Malawi and reports on Abuse, Discrimination and Violence on the Basis of Real or Perceived Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Malawi.
Michael’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies obtained from the University of Malawi, a Diploma in Journalism from the Malawi Institute of Journalism, Certificate in Journalism from Penpoint School of Journalism, Advanced Diploma in Community Development from Skyway University; A post-graduate Diploma in Integral Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Social Activists from Pablo de Olavide University, Sevilla, Spain, a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in LGBTI and Human Rights from the Swedish Centre for Sexuality Education obtained in Stockholm, Sweden; an Advanced Certificate in Sexual Minority Rights from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, a Certificate in Health and Human Rights from the World Health Organization (WHO) and InWent Capacity Building International based in Germany and a Certificate in Human Rights Leadership from the Global Human Rights, Leadership Training Institute in Lagos, Nigeria. Michael has experience at senior management level.
His previous posts include Acting Programmes Manager and Research and Training Coordinator for CHRR. Michael has also worked as a consultant for the Open Society for Southern Africa (OSISA), producing periodic in-country reports for the organization’s board for a period of two years. Previously, Michael worked as a senior reporter with Courier Publications Limited and as a Correspondent for several newspapers, including the Daily Times and the Sunday Times.