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Nomonde Nyembe and Cherith Sanger First Fellows in UCLA Law–Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship Program

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Created to train lawyers from topSouth African law schools for careersin public interest, the new UCLALaw–Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowshipprogram selected Nomonde Nyembe and CherithSanger as the first two fellows. The two lawyersfrom South Africa arrived at UCLA in Fall.The fellowship’s focus on health, HIV prevention,gender equality, and human rights is timely,as in 2007 South Africa had the highest numberof people living with HIV in the world, as well asone of the highest levels of domestic violence andrape. Both Nyembe and Sanger are committed topursuing social change in their home country:upon completing their UCLA degrees, they arerequired by the program to work with the SonkeGender Justice Network in South Africa for atleast one year.

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