“understanding power, exploring diversity, examining difference and imagining inclusivity”
CSA&G recognises that a strategic and context-driven set of intervention strategies and research activities on sexualities, AIDS and gender must engage with individual behaviour dynamics, social and meaning processes, and structural enablers and barriers, to have the greatest impact. The CSA&G views gender and sexualities as key to debates and practices around an inclusive sexual citizenship, in an open society, in the context of an emerging democracy with greater calls for accountability and active citizenship.
The Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender (CSA&G) was established in 1999 as the Centre for the Study of AIDS (CSA) initially as a standalone centre to help guide and shape the University of Pretoria’s (UP) HIV response, its engagement with communities from which staff and students are drawn and implement both service and research programmes. Hence, the CSA&G has always been able to, and continues to; situate its work in both theory and practice.
Since that time, the CSA&G has found an intellectual home within UP’s Faculty of Humanities, but works across all nine UP faculties, support services and its Executive.
The CSA&G uses an intersectional approach to working with constituents and broader issues of human rights and social justice. An ‘intersectional’ approach, refers to the fact that forms of oppression intersect with and co-constitute each other, so that our work must focus on people as complex bearers of multiple, contextual and fluid identities.
In the context of its history and vision, the CSA&G explores, at the university and beyond, themes of:
- social and community justice
- gender-based justice
- institutional and social transformation
- sexual and reproductive health and rights for all
- sexual diversity and sexual citizenship
- the challenges and dynamics of gender, identity, race and class
- personal and social leadership for active citizenship and political accountability
- meaningful community engagement and the promotion of community wellness
The CSA&G mostly funds its own work and continues to collaborate and work with local and international governments, donors, development agencies and civil society – developing a reputation for innovative thinking and work that is strengthened by organisational integrity.
The CSA&G’s work is guided by an institutional reference group comprised of representatives from most UP faculties, support services and the Executive.
The work of the CSA&G is guided by six key values:
- Self-reflection and learning
- Knowledge sharing
CSA&G partnerships and networks
The CSA&G has partnerships with several organisations and is a member of various networks. These include, but are not limited to:
- Africa Civil Society Coalition on Population and Development (ACCPD)
- Faculty of Humanities Transformation Committee
- Gender Research at UP (GR@UP)
- Centre for Human Rights (UP)
- Queer Space Collective (UP)
- Drafting Committee: Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Policy, UP
- Anti-Racism Network
- Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV
- Dira Sengwe Conferences
- Embassy of Ireland, Pretoria (supporting initiatives in South Africa and Zimbabwe)
- Foundation for Professional Development
- Just Leadership Academy (Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe)
- Gender Justice partnership
- National Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Practitioners (a national university network)
- Stop GBV National Campaign
- Students’ and Academics’ International Help fund (SAIH) in Norway