Dázon Dixon Diallo is Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc, established in 1989, the first women’s HIV, Sexual and Reproductive Justice organization in the southeastern United States.
Dázon is a recognized visionary and advocate in the struggle for human rights, sexual and reproductive justice, and the fight against HIV with, and on behalf of, communities of women and girls living with HIV and those at risk for HIV and STIs.
She is a proud member of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda Partnership, where she advocates for sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice in public health and prevention policies and programs.
Dázon has built a deep reach with a diverse community of listeners for 27 years, as producer and host of a weekly radio program focused on Black women, “Sisters’ Time/WomenSpeak” on WRFG 89.3FM in Atlanta and wrfg.org.
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She is a member of several bodies of influence including the Women-At-Risk Subcommittee and the Scientific Advisory Group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network, UNFPA Global Advisory Council, the Women’s Research Initiative (WRI) and a founding member of SisterSong Reproductive Justice Collective.
She is the creator and convener of the Prevention Options for Women at Risk-POWaR–Partnership (formerly US Women & PrEP Working Group) and WomenNOW! PowerShift for SRHRJ for Girls & Women of African Descent worldwide.
Dr. Diallo is a co-chair for the Act Now: End AIDS National Coalition. Until recently, Diallo served as a member of the NIH Office on AIDS Research Advisory Council and on the board of dirctors of the National Women’s Health Network.
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Dr. Diallo holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (C’97) and a Bachelor’s Degree from Spelman College (C’86) in Atlanta. In 2012, Dr. Diallo had the distinct honor to receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Spelman College.
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Dázon has blazed many trails with her compassionate leadership, and unique sense of humor, and empathy.
In the HIV/STI and sexual/reproductive justice arenas she has been accredited for developing and implementing “Healthy Love”, a seminal prevention intervention that is in the CDC’s National Compendium of Effective Evidence-based HIV Prevention Interventions; establishing the first transitional housing program for HIV-positive women and children in the South; and engaging a long-term vision for HIV-positive women’s leadership in the fight against HIV/STIs and in promoting women’s human rights through the 20/20 Leading Women’s Society.
In 1999, Dázon opened SisterLove in South Africa (SLiSA) program in South Africa where they currently implement capacity building and community engagement for high-impact combination prevention of HIV and Gender-based Violence in adolescent girls and young women.
A consummate innovator, inspiring leader, and visionary thinker, Dázon has been honored and humbled to receive numerous awards and recognitions over the 36 years she has been working in health justice, women’s liberation, and human rights.
Dázon was among 30 celebrated Atlantans selected by WonderRoot to be featured on a mural located throughout Atlanta in time for SuperBowl visitors. WonderRoot wanted to leverage the national platform of the SuperBowl to give Atlantans a way to tell the city's story of the struggle for civil rights, human rights, and social justice.
Dázon continues to learn and to lead in the fight for sexual, reproductive, gender, racial, and economic justice with authenticity, transparency and integrity. Dázon is originally from Fort Valley (Peach County) GA. She loves Gratitude, Forgiveness, Truth, Alignment, Loving, Traveling, DJing, and Storytelling. The murals received international attention and will remain up for three years. (Dázon's mural is located at 20 Marietta St NW and Peachtree Street in Atlanta, GA).