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Building on the grounbreaking success of Progressive Prudes, South Africa’s attitudinal survey of attitudes towards homosexual and gender non-conforming people and the first statistically sound survey of its kind in Africa, 1,300 Malawians across a geographically representative sample were interviewed in their choice of three different languages to gather the first statistically sound, nationally representative survey of opinions about homosexuality and gender non-conformity in that country.
The data sets, produced by AfricaScope for the Other Foundation, are now being made available to researchers for further research, beyond the initial analytical report Under Wraps that was produced by the Other Foundation.
The Other Foundation seeks expressions of interest to work with the data in a variety of ways with this dataset that is now available to the public.
The Other Foundation will support interested researchers to work with activists and advocates to deepen this knowledge and analysis further, so that more insights can inform their efforts to advance the human rights, safety, and social inclusion of gay and lesbian people in Malawi.
In particular, the Other Foundation is interested in supporting work that explores:
- The ways in which language, culture and tradition reflect and reinforce or transform attitudes towards sexual orientation and gender identity;
- The implications of the research results for public advocacy and campaign messaging by human rights activists, including testing in focus groups and recommendations for mass media work;
- The nuanced ways in which religion influences attitudes and behaviour towards homosexual and gender non-conforming people in Malawi;
- A better understanding of the demographic profile and the key influencers of people who share harmful attitudes and behaviour, based on perceived sexual orientation and gender identity ;
- A better understanding of the values that might account for the shift in attitudes towards same-sex marriage and the ways in which these might be harnessed for a broader shift in attitudes towards homosexuality and gender non-conformity ;
- Further analysis of geographic (especially rural vs. urban) as well as age and sex cross-tabulations of the research results and;
- The public policy implications of the research results for Malawi, especially in relation to (but not limited to) violence against homosexual and gender non-conforming people.
The Foundation is also open to hearing other ideas and proposals.
To apply for access to the data and for a research grant, follow the links above. Applications will be open throughout a 12-month period ending on 30 November 2020.