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  • Invisible or invincible? Voices of queer African youth

    At present, the lived realities and experiences of LGBTI young people in African contexts are not well documented. Most research and popular media about LGBTI people does not hone in on the particularity of young LGBTI lives, and  at the same time, mainstream discourses in African countries tend to portray LGBTI people as ‘deviant’, ‘un-African’ and mentally ill.
    This project works with LGBTI youth in three African countries to explore their own experiences, intersecting identities, and visions for the future. Through creative exploration of these topics, LGBTI young people will develop and articulate their own understanding of themselves and their identities. In the process they will co-create accessible research outputs that reflect affirming, context-relevant images of sexual and gender diversity, aimed at other LGBTI youth and the wider public. Such materials will be greatly beneficial for other young LGBTI people, but also for wider advocacy efforts by community-based and regional organisations.

    Principle investigator: A Muller (Gender, Health & Justice Research Unit)

    Funder: Ford Foundation

  • Improving Case Outcomes for Gender-Based Violence in Sexual Offences Courts

    This project seeks to identify evidence-based best practices to improving the functioning of pilot Sexual Offences Courts in three South African provinces, and provide justice sector officials in the pilot courts and catchment areas with the necessary knowledge, skills and sensitivity for improving justice services to sexual offenses survivors in the pilot Sexual Offences Courts. A particular focus will be on justice service provision for vulnerable groups (sexual and gender minority people, youth, people living in poverty). Overall, this projects aims to strengthen the capacity of the pilot Sexual Offences Courts and all justice officials within the court, in order to improve case outcomes of sexual offences cases, including sentencing and judgment.

    Partners: Gender, Health & Justice Research Unit (L Artz, A Heath, A Muller); and NACOSA (M De Vos, L Baerecke).

    Region:  South Africa

  • Evidence for sexual and gender minority health in 12 African countries: Piloting a participatory, community-based research project

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are at increased risk for ill health, due to social exclusion and violence based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Health care for LGBTI people is less than adequate in all African countries. However, there is still a paucity of data on LGBTI health needs in these countries. This is particularly problematic given the importance of data as evidence base for advocacy, programmatic interventions and strategic planning. This project, in partnership with 32 community-based organisations in 12 countries and COC Netherlands, employs a participatory research method to investigate key LGBTI health concerns around mental health, stigma and violence.

    Partners: Gender, Health & Justice Research Unit (A Muller, K Daskilewicz), the Southern and East African LGBTI Health Network, COC Netherlands (O Odumosu, B Langen).

    Region: Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  • Designing Trans-community led HIV testing, counselling and treatment programmes suitable for the needs of Trans populations in South Africa

    A myriad of reasons contribute to the socio-economic circumstances of transgender and gender nonconforming persons which increase their vulnerability to HIV, STIs and TB. This collaborative project aims to investigate barriers and facilitators experienced by transgender and gender nonconforming people in accessing HIV testing, counselling and treatment (HCT) services, primary health care and transgender-related health care. The goal of this project is to develop preliminary recommendations for the implementation of transgender accessible HIV testing, counselling and treatment.

    Partners: Center for LGBT Health Research and Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh (L Theron and R Stall), and Gender, Health & Justice Research Unit (A Muller).

    Region:  South Africa