SOCIAL JUSTICE Honourees
Aditya Wardhana is the Executive Director of Indonesia AIDS Coalition (IAC). Founded in 2011, the community-based organization aims to fulfil the rights of people living with HIV and key affected populations, especially the rights of health. Additionally, Wardhana has also successfully led the team in advocating for several lifesaving medicines to be included into the Indonesian Universal Health Coverage and Government Budget, and will continue to work towards including HIV treatments as well.
“I deeply feel grateful to be a nominee for the HERO Awards. I will make this occasion as an opportunity for me to improve more regarding my ability to contribute to humanity and fight for public justice to get their rights. I hope in the future I can truly manifest our noble aspiration for a world without stigma.”
Kittinun (Danny) Dramahaj is a lawyer/ attorney, President of Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand (RSAT) and President of Multi-Sexuality Community Advisory Board (M-CAB). Danny has been involved in projects on the prevention of HIV and Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs) among the LGBTQIs under the support of USAID, PEPFAR, Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, Global Fund, and National Health Security Office (NHSO). His proudest achievement was passing the revision and the adoption of the curriculum on health and physical education regarding the content on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Express (SOGIE).
“I have been nominated for the Social Justice HERO Award category, [It was like] “Oh! That’s exactly me. That’s my entire life,” as I was born to uphold justice for myself and everyone in this world.”
Born in Penang, Malaysia, Numan Afifi was actively involved in a Muslim charity before establising PELANGI Campaign, a LGBTI advocacy group based in Kuala Lumpur, despite his conservative and strictly religious upbringing. He also begun a community based organisation, JEJAKA, that provides peer support, general welfare, shelter program, HIV outreach services as well legal support for gay, bisexual and queer men in Malaysia. Additionally, Afifi has appeared in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council to speak up about the community in their country .
“It’s such an honor, and extremely am pleased to see our works being recognised at regional level. This award is a tribute to our elders; past, future and emerging.”