Aviwe Funani holds the position of Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at United for Global Mental Health, a global mental health advocacy organisation. She oversees the organisation's Child and Youth portfolio. She also co-chairs the Global Mental Health Action Networks Child and Youth working group. Leveraging her six years of experience in community-based work focused on children and youth in South Africa. Aviwe is a passionate advocate and communicator on the subject of youth mental health, actively engaging in discussions at both national and global levels. Her contributions have been recognised through speaking opportunities on platforms such as the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community, Women Deliver, and Orygen Global.
Acknowledged by Daily Maverick as one of South Africa's ‘Activists to watch’ due to her work with youth in South Africa, which has garnered attention. Her ultimate goal is to be a part of a positive transformation, exemplified by policy changes and improved access to mental health services for youth and women in the African continent by 2030.