Community Engagement within Research Uptake:
Sexual and Gender Rights
Thursday 21st July 2022
Engagement has been recognised as a crucial enabler of research uptake, where community perspectives and concerns shape how research findings are translated and add motivation for them to be applied at local and national level. ARCH and Mesh are working in partnership to present this webinar series where inspiring speakers will share their experiences and give their perspectives on the role of community engagement within the process of applying research to changes in health policy and practice.
Join us for the final event in our series where you will hear from two brilliant researchers who will share their experiences of working with social movements and through activist networks to build evidence for advocacy on issues in gender, sexuality, and inequity in health.
Chair: Erica Nelson, Research Fellow, Health and Nutrition Cluster, the Institute of Development Studies
- Ntokozo Yingwana is a researcher and PhD candidate with the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Her doctoral study is titled: 'Queering Sex Work and Mobility in Southern Africa: How does migration/mobility/movement influence gendered sexualities in sex work?'. Ntokozo also serves as the Communication and Research Uptake Officer for the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp), which is based at the ACMS. Her experience and skills are in journalism, online media, advocacy and research. However, her main passions are in gender, sexuality and sex worker rights' scholar-activism in Africa. In the past Ntokozo has conducted and published research with the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), the African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA), and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP).
Suchi Gaur (she/her) is the director of Global Engagement and Impact, World YWCA, Switzerland. Dr Gaur has over 12 years of experience working at the confluence of gender, public health and communications technology in the NGO, non-profit, start-up, parliamentary and research sectors. Originally from India, Suchi joined the World YWCA in 2018, where she is combining her expertise in behaviour change, social marketing and community mobilization into her passion for engagement and mobilization of women and young women around the world. Passionate about feminist storytelling and innovating advocacy for rights-based policies for women and youth, smashing patriarchy comes naturally to her. She is an active volunteer with a number of organisations and initiatives including the WHO-ERG, World Pulse and the Strategic Advisory Group for WHO Foundation.