Lori Heise is Director of the Global Campaign for Microbicides, a coalition of over 200 organizations worldwide that mobilize support among policymakers, opinion leaders, and the general public for increased investment in to microbicides and other user-controlled methods of HIV protection. Through advocacy, policy analysis, and social science research, the Campaign works to accelerate product development, facilitate widespread access and use, and protect the needs and interests of users, especially women.
For the past 16 years, Ms. Heise has worked to make women's empowerment an explicit part of the global HIV prevention strategy. She has published widely on the topics of sexuality, gender, and power and has served as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization on violence against women and HIV/AIDS.
In 2000, she became the first-ever recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Advocacy from ASHA (American Social Health Association) and in 2004 she was recognized by Ms Magazine as one of their "50 Women Who Made a Difference." She is also co-principal investigator on the WHO Multi-country Study on Domestic Violence and Women's Health.