Tian Johnson


Tian Johnson was formerly the Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights Manager at Sonke Gender Justice.

Tian is a human rights advocate whose career has spanned the development sector in South Africa, with a particular focus within the women’s rights and SRHR sectors. Before joining Sonke, Tian worked as Research Advocacy and Special Projects Manager at TVEP, a rural women’s rights organization in South Africa’s Limpopo province discovering his passion for Female Condom advocacy. After consulting widely in the HIV Prevention and Sexual Violence sector – including work with Sonke that analysed the gendered implications of Tenofovir vaginal microbicide introduction in South Africa – he was appointed as Advocacy Advisor (S.A.) to the NASDAQ listed Female Health Company and went on to establish country wide FC2 Female Condom distribution and training sites, worked on expanding the focus of female condom advocacy to traditionally male dominated spaces and lead the development of a world first call centre guide to the FC2 Female Condom – that is now in use by Marie Stopes South Africa.

Tian documented the history and evolution of the Thutuzela Care Centers in the Western Cape and co facilitated the production several in-country UNGASS Shadow Reports. Serving as Consultant Programme Director for Just Detention International he worked on the conceptual integration of HIV prevention in the context of detention in South Africa.

He is a founding member of Project ARM (the African Rectal Microbicide Movement), GLAM (Global Lube Access Movement), the International Universal Access to Female Condoms Advocacy Platform, Convener of the 2014 HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Expert Group and member of the Global Vaccine Advocacy Research Group.