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Raising visibility of lesbian, bisexual and other Women who have Sex with Women (WSW) 2010-11: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe

Version
1.0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Reddy, Vasudhevan
  • Human Sciences Research Council
Publication Date
2012-02-22
Embargo End Date
2012-02-22
Contributor
  • Human Sciences Research Council (Producer)
Funding Reference
  • Open Society Foundation For South Africa
  • Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa
  • United Nations Development Programme
Free Keywords
Schema: UK DATA ARCHIVE - HASSET
AIDS (DISEASE); BISEXUALITY; SEXUAL ORIENTATION; SEXUAL PARTNERS; SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
Description
  • Abstract

    Description: The WSW 2010-2011 qualitative data set contains 24 interview transcriptions. This data set is not available for download any more. Please contact datahelp@hsrc.ac.za for enquiries.

    Abstract: Women who have sex with women (WSW) in Southern Africa, including women who identify as lesbian or bisexual, or who have same-sex desires for persons of the same gender are at the brunt of discrimination and oppression in patriarchal, heterosexist societies. This also applies to women in South Africa, despite more progressive laws and constitution. Some of these women face deeper marginalization, because of race, class, ethnicity, or HIV status; multiple marginalization impacts on different aspects of these women's lives, including their health. Women's health in general and the health needs of WSW and LB persons in particular, is not high on the agendas of policy makers, health service providers, or researchers. This lack of attention is partly based on the fact that adequate knowledge of the complexities and issues around the provision of appropriate health services for WSW and LB persons is missing. There are huge gaps in the knowledge about sexual practices and preferences, including the frequency of same-sex conduct, and the number of people who claim same-sex identities and violence against the LBT community. The voices, experiences and issues of the diverse groups of WSW and LB persons are glaringly absent from the research agenda. The aim of this study is to examine STI vulnerability, transmission risks, the effects of HIV/AIDS, and health care needs and experiences on these women. More specifically, the aim is to understand the experience rather than the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. This will hopefully influence health policy makers and those people who fund health projects to create an informed advocacy agenda in order to provide adequate health services to WSW in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Participatory Action Research (PAR) is a technique which allows communities to participate and empowers them to create change in their own communities.

Temporal Coverage
  • 2010 / 2011
Geographic Coverage
  • Botswana (BW)
  • Namibia (NA)
  • South Africa (ZA)
  • Zimbabwe (ZW)
Sampled Universe
People who met the following eligibility criteria for participation in the study were recruited: (1) aged 18 and older; (2) classified as female biological sex (at birth); and (3) current interest in same-sex sexuality or involvement in same-sex sexual activity. People resided in Cape Town, Pretoria or Johannesburg, Durban, Windhoek (Namibia) and Harare (Zimbabwe).
Sampling
A purposive sampling strategy was used whereby people who met the following eligibility criteria for participation in the study were recruited: (1) aged 18 and older; (2) classified as female biological sex (at birth); and (3) current interest in same-sex sexuality or involvement in same-sex sexual activity. Participants were recruited by seven organisations acting as gatekeepers. There were four organisations in South Africa, one each in Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe. Each organisation recruited five participants, with the exception of LeGaBiBo (Botswana) who could not locate eligible candidates.
Collection Mode
  • Digital audio recording
  • Face-to-face interview
Availability
Not available
Rights
By accessing the data, you give assurance that The data and documentation will not be duplicated, redistributed or sold without prior approval from the rights holder. The data will be used for scientific research or educational purposes only. The data will only be used for the specified purpose. If it is used for another purpose the additional purpose will be registered. Redundant data files will be destroyed. The confidentiality of individuals/organisations in the data will be preserved at all times. No attempt will be made to obtain or derive information from the data to identify individuals/organisations. The HSRC will be acknowledged in all published and unpublished works based on the data according to the provided citation. The HSRC will be informed of any books, articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, reports or other publications resulting from work based in whole or in part on the data and documentation. For archiving and bibliographic purposes an electronic copy of all reports and publications based on the requested data will be sent to the HSRC. To offer for deposit into the HSRC Data Collection any new data sets which have been derived from or which have been created by the combination of the data supplied with other data. The data team bears no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses. Failure to comply with the End User License may result in sanctions being imposed.
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Update Metadata: 2019-09-16 | Issue Number: 1373 | Registration Date: 2014-09-22

Reddy, Vasudhevan; Human Sciences Research Council (2012): Raising visibility of lesbian, bisexual and other Women who have Sex with Women (WSW) 2010-11: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe. Version: 1.0. HSRC - Human Science Research Council SA. Dataset. http://doi.org/10.14749/1400836358