1.1 SPW organizes the African Dialogue on Sexuality and Geopolitcs
Originally planned for early 2010, the African Regional Dialogue on Sexuality and Geopolitics has been postponed to the last week September, 2010 and will be held in Lagos, Nigeria. Last September 2009, the regional task force – Adenike Esiet (Action Health Nigeria), Codou Bop (GREFFELS, Senegal), Dorothy Aken’Ova (INCRESE, Nigeria) and Sylvia Tamale (Law School, Makerere University Uganda) – met in Nigeria to plan for the Dialogue. The Dialogue will include participants from various African sub-regions and will represent the experiences and concerns of a wide range of constituencies: feminist researchers and advocates, LGBT rights advocates and sexuality researchers, and communities engaged with HIV/AIDS-related investigation, policy and advocacy. The goals of the meeting, as defined by the regional task force, are the following:
- To enhance conceptual clarity on issues of sexuality and the linkages between theory and practice (creativity, strategies, resistance, and subversion);
- To map out and analyze sexual citizenship in Africa, including eroticism and pleasure;
- To examine linkages between governance, underdevelopment, and sexual and reproductive rights;
- To increase visibility and enlarge the space for the voices of sexual minorities; and
- To disseminate the results of the Dialogue widely – both within the region and beyond it.