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Sexuality programmes and gendered norms

Research objectives: to investigate how Life Orientation and other sexuality programmes challenge and/or reproduce normative gender narratives, practices and power relations within which inequitable and coerced sex and the accompanying problems of unsupportable pregnancies and the transmission of HIV and other STIs take place; to explore how a critical gender lens that facilitates gender transformation and gender justice could be incorporated into sexuality programmes.

Nature of research: multi-institutional (RU, University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosh University, Leiden University, Royal Tropical Institute), multi-disciplinary project which started in 2011. The project has been funded by SANPAD and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Continued work will be funded by the SARCHI chair.

Methodology: Data will be collected through class-room observations, interviews with teachers and learners, focus group discussions with learners, and journals kept by learners; analysis will be performed using a combination of narrative and discourse analysis.

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