Keywords: sub-saharan africa health communication communication for development communication for social change sexual minority rights hiv aids lgbtqi
Cecilia Strand, Ph.D., Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University, Sweden. Between 2003 and 2010, I worked with health communication related development cooperation in Lesotho, Namibia and Uganda, parallel to completing my dissertation Perilous Silences and Counterproductive Narratives Pertaining to HIV/AIDS in the Ugandan, Lesotho and Namibian Press.
My interest in development cooperation and international health has remained and between 2012-2013 I was involved in a UNDP-hosted research project -the Global Commission on HIV and the Law- focusing on the law as a tool to improve marginalized populations’ access to HIV/AIDS services around the world.
I have since my dissertation continued to pursue research on sexual minority rights in Africa, with special attention to health rights. Although I have a broad interest in Sub-Saharan Africa, I have primarily focused on the LGBTQI community in Uganda and their struggle for equal rights as enshrined in the Ugandan constitution. I am currently involved in a project studying social media platform as a space for self-controlled visibility and the implications of becoming more visible in a context where discrimination and persecution is both sanction and actively endorsed by the Government.
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