Alessandra Nilo is a journalist with an academic specialization in communications and health. As a director and writer, she is the author of more than forty video productions and social marketing campaigns. She is co-founder and Executive Director of Gestos – HIV+, Communication and Gender Issues, an NGO created in 1993 in Recife, Brazil that promotes and defends the human rights of people living with HIV in the context of sexual citizenship, gender equity and social justice. Alessandra is currently the Regional Secretariat of LACCASO, the Latin American and Caribbean Council of AIDS Organizations. Over the past 10 years, Alessandra has strived to promote the integration of sexual and reproductive health and rights policies into a multi-sector development platform for fighting AIDS and has dedicated her time to improving and increasing women’s influence on AIDS policy decision-making processes at local, national and international levels. Alessandra developed many activities in the World Social Forum, becoming a reference in discussions related to AIDS and development. She organized various seminars and training activities on the linkages among trade, health and intellectual property. The result was the creation of a coalition of activists in Latin America that are currently organized under the slogan of the campaign “Healthcare is not for Trading” (Salud no Es Comercio).
Organization website: http://www.gestos.org