Sexuality Policy Watch will be hosting a training program focusing on sexuality research. The program differs from other non-academic capacity-building models in this area, as it will not focus strictly on sexuality theory and research per se, but rather aims at exploring the various linkages and gaps that exist between sexuality theorizing and research in sexuality and social and policy change. The program is designed to examine how theory, research and policy can be connected most effectively in order to contribute to meaningful social change.
The content areas covered by course under the general heading of sexuality and sexual rights will potentially encompass a broad range of topics such as: HIV/AIDS, LGBT rights, laws and policies affecting transgender persons, abortion and contraception, sexuality education, and sex work. The course will examine challenges experienced in connecting theory and practice and translating research into “change”. It will explore exemplary cases of both successful and failed attempts to bring about social and policy change, and will provide the opportunity for people engaged in policy formation to share their experiences with respect to how sexuality research is or is not used in the front lines of struggles for human rights and social justice in relation to sexuality issues.
Location: The training program will be held in Rio de Janeiro, during the week of March 18-24, 2013.
Faculty: The resource persons involved in the training program will be members of the SPW Advisory Group and a range of other close collaborators.
- Students and professionals engaged in sexuality research (broadly defined along the lines drawn above) either in in academic settings or advocacy-oriented organizations.
- Preference will be given to applicants from, or developing research in, the Global South.
- Candidates must be fluent in English
Number of trainees: 15-20
Scholarships will be provided to selected participants to cover travel and accommodation costs. But applicants are also expected to seek independent sources of funding to cover the costs of their participation, and to inform us if they have the possibility to access such funds from other sources to cover these costs either totally or partially.
Deadline for applications:The deadline for submitting applications is December 22th, 2012.
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