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African American Sexual and Reproductive Health Project
Latino Sexual and Reproductive Health Project
Bangladesh Sexual and Reproductive Health Project
Haitian Children and Youth Rights Project
Haitian Environment-Agricultural Education Project
Ugandan Sexual and Reproductive Health and Gender-based Violence Project
These programs focus on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, environmental issues and human rights by using the cultural content, context and language of everyday and intimate human interaction so that participants reflect on, discuss and practice alternative communication and interaction.
What are the goals of these programs?
The goals are to improve:
- The nature of what and how people communicate about sex, sexuality, sexual disease, sexual and reproductive health, the environment and human rights.
- The extent of communication between women and men, family and friends related to sex, sexuality, sexual disease, sexual and reproductive health, the environment and human rights.
- Social and intimate norms of communication about sex, sexuality, sexual disease, sexual and reproductive health, the environment and human rights.
- Understanding of sexual and reproductive health, environmental and human rights issues and problems.
- Awareness of how human interactions including everyday and intimate scripts and emotions within the context and content of culture reveal problems, contradictions and possibilities for alternative interactions.
How do these programs achieve these goals?
These goals are achieved by integrating ethnographic research, composite narratives, storytelling and a pedagogical process.
What is the role of the ethnographic research?
Ethnographic research or the ethnographic interviews provide the cultural content and context, language and understanding of the most significant problems, scenarios and scripts associated with the central topic of the program (e.g. prevention of HIV/AIDS). Ethnographic research provides the foundation from which the narratives are developed.
What is the role of the narratives?
Composite narratives reflect a story, characters, visual images, narrative discourse and dialogue between characters that reflect on public stories or stories people openly tell about themselves and private, intimate stories or stories people would like to keep hidden but may be reflective of health, social and environmental problems.
What is the role of telling the stories?
Telling the stories focuses on real-life human relationships and interactions. Telling the stories does not focus on linear causality but on the complexity of relationships within the context and content of culture and the language of program participants.
What is the role of the pedagogical process?
The pedagogical process takes participants through a process of building understanding, awareness and confidence through individual and collective retrospection, sharing through group discussion and the practice of social negotiation.