Created on Monday, 26 Oct 2015 14:49:25

For Immediate Release

October 26, 2015


The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) is profoundly shocked and saddened by the untimely death of staff member and colleague, Zenita Nicholson.

Zenita was a stalwart in the Caribbean civil society response to HIV among key affected populations. She was the Country Coordinator for the Guyana component of the Vulnerable Groups Project jointly implemented by Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and Centro Integral de Orientacion De Investigacion Integral (COIN), as part a PANCAP-Global Fund Round 9 Grant.

In her own right, Zenita Nicholson was a champion of human rights in Guyana and was an active member of Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD).

"Zenitas death is a profound blow to us. Her deep understanding of the issues and passion for human rights and justice will forever influence us and be a part of the continuing work of the Coalition." Dr Carolyn Gomes, Executive Director of
CVC said in tribute.

Zenita was a respected advocate, representing issues affecting key populations before the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 2014 she received the "International Woman of Courage" award from the American Embassy in Guyana.

The entire staff and the Boards of CVC and COIN salute Zenita Nicholson and join with the wider network of civil society groups in offering sincere regrets and condolences to her family and friends.


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