The work of the CSA&G is divided into four overlapping or intersectional categories:

This group aims to understand transformation and its role in a changing UP and the communities from which students are drawn. Students are drawn into wide ranging discussions about what transformation means and how to address the social, personal and structural drivers of inequality, prejudice and discrimination. This programme places social and structural approaches as its core component to bolster individual responses

A critical approach to the pursuit of transformation: students need to have knowledge about how society has structured inequality, racism, sexism and sexual oppression, class, gender, disability, another debates that influence how they are able critically to ask questions, and to critically debate possible answers. They host critical debates, where these critical question debates will situate critical questions in a critical, theoretical framework helping students to develop an intellectual curiosity to find potential answers on these matters.

As part of the research arm of the CSA&G’s flagship Just Leaders programme, this project was developed and research with the active inclusion of our student research cohort. The project explores the practices of inclusivity in the student leadership organisations of the University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria, University of Witwatersrand and Rhodes University, specifically focusing on gender, sexual orientation and dis/ability within student structures and organisations in order to understand the extent to which provision is made on various levels for the inclusion of groups often thought to be marginalised within university structures.

A biennial conference hosted by the CSA&G for students, academics and practitioners at Universities in Southern Africa and beyond. It forms part of the Just Leaders programme.

The project aims to strengthen the practice of the partners of the Embassy of Ireland, Pretoria (in South Africa and Zimbabwe) though establishing a collaborative relationship between the partners and the CSA&G. The project stems from a need among partners to have more opportunities to reflect on and adapt their practice and to explore and understand different ways of approaching and using evidence.

The outcome for the project is for partners’ practices related to gender equality and social justice to be strengthened. The engagement between the CSA&G and the Embassy’s partners will span 5 years, in which time ongoing platforms and interventions will enable the partners to undertake their work more effectively, critically, and efficiently. This strategic collaboration will make use of three different but interlinked components, namely three reflective partner forums per year; an online repository; and an evidence strand which blends theory and practice.

You can visit the Just Gender evidence repository here.

Just Leadership is the new flagship CSA&G volunteer and leadership development programme. The programme evolved from the CSA&G’s previous Future Leaders @ Work programme and endeavours to build a movement of active citizen student leaders that promote social justice, critical consciousness and inclusive practices at the University of Pretoria and supporting similar movements at partner universities in the region.

Just Leadership’s theory of change is: “Through promoting social justice, critical consciousness and inclusive practices, we will co-create university environments that are responsive and transformed by just leaders.”

The CSA&G is part of the UP Queer Space Collective, an informal group with the vision to make the University of Pretoria safer and more inclusive of queer identity and expression through creative writing. The CSA&G also hosts a small LGBTIQ library in a safe space.

Queer Strategists for Change recruited fourteen young people from Tshwane and broader Gauteng and completed a two-week leadership workshop. Following the training, each queer strategist was linked to a specific mentor in their area of interest assists them in developing project proposals to submit for funding applications. They are further provided with both formal and informal opportunities to connect to new and existing networks in the LGBTI/queer space.

The project endeavoured to attract the full spectrum of LGBTI/queer identities and expects to work with participants from previously (and currently) disadvantaged backgrounds, who works in contexts where there is a genuine and acute need for LGBTI/queer rights and needs to be addressed.

The director of the CSA&G has been seconded to the UP Executive in a part-time advisory capacity to advise on the development and implementation of comprehensive policies, strategies and interventions on UP campuses.

The CSA&G serves on the Faculty of Humanities Transformation Committee to guide transformation within the Faculty. The CSA&G is a founding member of the UP Anti-Discriminating Working Group and a drafting sub-committee member for the development of the new UP Anti-Discrimination Policy, an omnibus policy aimed at preventing unfair discrimination, promoting a culture of inclusivity and providing redress for experiences of discrimination. The grounds for discrimination are many, and they include all those mentioned in our Constitution, and more.

Research on young women’s sexuality continues to open possibilities for ways in which girls and young women’s sexuality is understood (Mojola, 2014). Researched and written by professor Mzikazi Nduna, this monograph, the next in the CSA&G’s Gender Justice series, addresses ways in which girls and women’s vulnerability could be better understood within the context of sexuality.  It addresses various forms of inequality and how these intersect to disempower girls and young women (GYW) and thus facilitate and promote vulnerability for girls and young women in Southern Africa (Dijk, 2002) and will advance the ‘sequential and combination model’ proposed by Mojola on the role of education and modernisation on women’s vulnerability (Mojola, 2014).

Coming soon.

The CSA&G hosts regular seminars on intersectional topics related to the gender, HIV and sexualities. See News, Views & Events for any upcoming seminars.

The CSA&G creates opportunities to bring young and older people together to explore each other’s sexual and gender lives, and stories. We believe these intergenerational meetings helps to develop new, and more sex positive, stories which can be used to address questions around the relationships between healthcare workers and young people accessing SRHR services.  Armed with this information, we argue that healthcare workers who work in SRHR spaces can be empowered to develop new skills to inform their SRHR encounters with young people.

Just Leadership is the new flagship CSA&G volunteer and leadership development programme. The programme evolved from the CSA&G’s previous Future Leaders @ Work programme and endeavours to build a movement of active citizen student leaders that promote social justice, critical consciousness and inclusive practices at the University of Pretoria and supporting similar movements at partner universities in the region.

Just Leadership’s theory of change is: “Through promoting social justice, critical consciousness and inclusive practices, we will co-create university environments that are responsive and transformed by just leaders.”

The CSA&G is part of the UP Queer Space Collective, an informal group with the vision to make the University of Pretoria safer and more inclusive of queer identity and expression through creative writing. The CSA&G also hosts a small LGBTIQ library in a safe space.

Queer Strategists for Change recruited fourteen young people from Tshwane and broader Gauteng and completed a two-week leadership workshop. Following the training, each queer strategist was linked to a specific mentor in their area of interest assists them in developing project proposals to submit for funding applications. They are further provided with both formal and informal opportunities to connect to new and existing networks in the LGBTI/queer space.

The project endeavoured to attract the full spectrum of LGBTI/queer identities and expects to work with participants from previously (and currently) disadvantaged backgrounds, who works in contexts where there is a genuine and acute need for LGBTI/queer rights and needs to be addressed.

More info coming soon

The CSA&G, together with the HSRC and the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, are currently exploring the various ways in which the notions of queerness and family can be conceived of. Clearly, families are not uniformly unsafe spaces for their queer members—some families are welcoming of sexual and gender diversity—and queer-supportive families can even be catalysts for broader social change. This project seeks to address the perceived gap in queer family research in South Africa by 1) strengthening the networks between those researchers and organisations that already work in the areas of queer families and 2) interrogating, through field research, the various different ways in which queer people understand, draw on, construct, and give meaning to the notion of family: how do queer people make new families, how do they make sense of their role within their own, often heteronormative, families, and how can families be queer supporting?

The CSA&G is a founding member of the UP Anti-Discriminating Working Group and a drafting sub-committee member for the development of the new UP Anti-Discrimination Policy, an omnibus policy aimed at preventing unfair discrimination, promoting a culture of inclusivity and providing redress for experiences of discrimination. The grounds for discrimination are many, and they include all those mentioned in our Constitution, and more.

The director of the CSA&G has been seconded to the UP Executive in a part-time advisory capacity to advise on the development and implementation of comprehensive policies, strategies and interventions on UP campuses.

The CSA&G offers office space, mentorship and are in partnership with Up & Out and PUPSS.

Up & Out is the UP LGBTIQA student society and the Pretoria University Purple Stockings Students or PUPSS is the first feminist organisation/movent at UP and was established in 2015 by the CSA&G.

A biennial conference hosted by the CSA&G for students, academics and practitioners at Universities in Southern Africa and beyond. It forms part of the Just Leaders programme.

The CSA&G creates opportunities to bring young and older people together to explore each other’s sexual and gender lives, and stories. We believe these intergenerational meetings helps to develop new, and more sex positive, stories which can be used to address questions around the relationships between healthcare workers and young people accessing SRHR services.  Armed with this information, we argue that healthcare workers who work in SRHR spaces can be empowered to develop new skills to inform their SRHR encounters with young people.

The CSA&G is collaborating on a pilot study with partners at the University of Bergen (UoB) in Norway to examine young women´s access to adequate sexual and reproductive health services, with a focus on the role of health staff /nurses at local health clinics in Tshwane, South Africa. The findings of the pilot will contribute to a bigger interdisciplinary project on sexual and reproductive health rights of young women in South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania. A grant from the University of Bergen made the pilot study in South Africa possible and involved a collaboration between: the Faculty of Law, UoB (Henriette Sinding Aasen, project leader), the Faculty of psychology, UoB (Nora Wiium), the Christian Michelsen Institute (Siri Lange) and Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender, University of Pretoria (Pierre Brouard). The results and experiences from the pilot study are essential for creating an expanded study relevant to existing challenges in South Africa (the research group has already access to relevant and comparable knowledge from Ghana and Tanzania). The field work for the pilot was completed in 2016 and in 2017 Pierre Brouard visited Norway to work on the data with the UoB partners. Currently a paper is being developed for publication.

The Academy forms part of the larger Just Leaders programme. The core focus of the Academy’s activities is the facilitation of dialogue, sharing experiences of working towards achieving social justice and inclusivity in the Southern African region.

The project works with the LONMIN mine in the Greater LONMIN Community (GLC) on Nutrition, HIV and other Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights matters for adolescents in GLC supported schools as well as out of school youth.

The CSA&G offers the following Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services:

  • HIV counselling and testing for UP students, staff and contractors at all UP campuses
  • ARV treatment referrals
  • ARV treatment support
  • Subsidised pap smear tests for HIV positive female students in need (depending on availability of external financial support)
  • HIV support groups
  • Distribution of lube, male and female condoms across 5 UP campuses
  • PrEP referrals for MSM
  • Family planning referrals to UP’s Student Health Services
  • LGBTIQ support groups

The CSA&G hosts regular seminars on intersectional topics related to the gender, HIV and sexualities. See News, Views & Events for any upcoming seminars.

The CSA&G creates opportunities to bring young and older people together to explore each other’s sexual and gender lives, and stories. We believe these intergenerational meetings helps to develop new, and more sex positive, stories which can be used to address questions around the relationships between healthcare workers and young people accessing SRHR services.  Armed with this information, we argue that healthcare workers who work in SRHR spaces can be empowered to develop new skills to inform their SRHR encounters with young people.

The project works with the LONMIN mine in the Greater LONMIN Community (GLC) on Nutrition, HIV and other Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights matters for adolescents in GLC supported schools as well as out of school youth.

The purpose of this study is to understand the possible stigma surrounding HIV-negative gay men who are in a committed relationship with another man who is HIV-positive  The study will focus on exploring the psychological, social, urban and cultural contexts that affect the risk and resilience among HIV-exposed men in their negotiation of their stigmatized identities.

This is a collaborative study between the CSA&G, UP’s Centre for the Study of Resilience and the Counselling Psychology programme at Fordham University in the United States.

The CSA&G offers the following direct HIV services:

  • HIV counselling and testing for UP students, staff and contractors at all UP campuses
  • ARV treatment referrals
  • ARV treatment support
  • HIV support groups
  • PrEP referrals for MSM

The CSA&G was one of the first universities to successfully implement a successful student peer counselling model back in 2000 for VCT and continues to do so. In recent years senior student counsellors are now also doing the actual testing, albeit under medical supervision. Non-medical HIV counselling and testing is available at the CSA&G offices.

The following are cross-cutting CSA&G activities across the four categories above :

Committee and other memberships | Community engagement | Consultancy to public, private and development sectors |  Journal Reviews | Research: own, commissioned and contract | Support to the University of Pretoria | Teaching, supervision and mentoring of UP students | Training and development