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Yaliwe Clarke


Yaliwe Clarke, Interim Director of the African Gender institute and a Lecturer in Gender Studies at the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  Since 2000 she has interacted with a wide range of women's rights activists and peace-builders/conflict resolution practitioners in over 11 countries in Africa.  She is currently a Phd candidate in Social Development at the University of Cape Town. Her Phd research investigates the micro-politics of women’s ‘peace activism’ in northern Uganda. She is also interested in notions of respectable femininity, marriage, pleasure, and (hetero)sexuality in Zambia.

Yaliwe is a Co-Principal Investigator for a research project on ‘Participatory Theatre and the production of cultures of Equality amongst Sex Workers in South Africa. The project is a collaborative effort between the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (CTDPS), a Sex Workers Theatre Steering group, linked to the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT), and the African Gender Institute (AGI). It is part of Global GRACE (Global Gender and Cultures of Equality), a transcontinental initiative that uses the arts to investigate gender positive approaches to wellbeing in Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, United Kingdom and South Africa. For South Africa, the project seeks to investigate gender positive approaches to wellbeing through the use of participatory theatre and performance. This involves learning how sex workers produce equality and challenge inequality and injustice. See website for details (https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=AH%2FP014232%2F1). The project  is funded by the Research Council of UK and is managed by Goldsmith, University of London.