Hey! I’m a Masters student studying international human rights law. Are you:

  • South Asian (Bangladeshi/Pakistani/Indian)?
  • Working on gender identity/sexual orientation rights?
  • In the UK?
  • Able to Skype for up to 1 hour?

Then you might be able to help!

Information Sheet and Consent Form (download Word doc.)

Google Form sign up sheet

The question at hand:

“How do honour and shame affect the public advocacy strategies used by South Asian human rights defenders working on sexual orientation and gender identity rights in the UK?”

How would it work?

If this sounds like something you could reflect on, then I really need your help.  We’d go through the consent process, make sure you’re happy with a pseudonym or your real name, and clarify any other details. Then, I would email you a very short list of topics we will discuss (related to the question), so that you have time to prepare. When ready, we’d proceed with the interview (any time before 31st October 2017) and hopefully, have a great time talking to one another.

In terms of ethics approval, all research has been approved by the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York (contact them here if you have concerns I cannot answer).

What do I get out of it?

Unfortunately, I can’t offer payment, and I’m looking for up to 10 interviewees. Contacts at Amnesty International, and other organisations, will be reading the full dissertation or a policy version of it. All participants will have the chance to have their name credited against their accounts, as well as recommendations (if offered), unless they choose to use a pseudonym.

No one has approached this subject from this angle before in the UK. There is a possibility it may be published as a journal article, or in another form. It may also be the subject of a PhD thesis, depending on outcome.

I am welcome to suggestions on how to make this worth your while.

Contact:

If you or anyone else you know is interested, please fill out this form, or email me at mm1162@york.ac.uk.

 

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