Research, Advocacy & Policy (RAP) Programme
The Research, Advocacy and Policy (RAP) Programme aims to generate an accessible body of knowledge on LGBTI issues through community-based research that informs activism and advocacy. The programme also promotes the rights of LGBTI people by engaging in advocacy at local and national level aimed at transforming legislation, policies and practices of various state institutions and civil society organisations.
Our approach in the RAP programme is informed by principles of participatory research with a focus on skills- and capacity-building of LGBTI community activists and organisations. Working within such a framework facilitates the creation of knowledge that is owned and controlled by LGBTI persons and ultimately increases the depth and reach of community-led advocacy based on the research findings. Ingrid Lynch is the coordinator of the RAP programme.
Some of the collaborative projects and programmes RAP participates in include:
- LGBTI Health Rights Monitoring Project
- Hate Crimes Working Group
- Rhodes Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction
- Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) Sexuality and Gender Division
“Your hate won’t change us!” Resisting homophobic and transphobic violence as forms of patriarchal social control