Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship


The Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship addresses historical and contemporary sexuality issues and emerging best practice in policy and programming for sexual well-being in Africa. The curriculum focuses on sexuality, sexual health and rights, sexual diversity, pleasure, HIV/AIDS and vulnerabilities, gender and violence against women.

Course Content

Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship

The Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship (SLDF) is designed to:

  • Provide exposure to cutting-edge conceptual, theoretical, policy and programming issues in sexuality, sexual health, sexual rights and reproductive health;

  • Create a better understanding of the interaction between sexuality, development and social justice thus reflecting on global and regional documents including the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA)/ICPD Beyond 2014, Fourth World Conference on Women Programme of Action, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Global Framework for Accelerated Action for Adolescent Health, Global Strategy for Women’s Children and Adolescents Health;

  • Review sexuality and sexual scripts of adolescents and youth, girls and young women, women and men; and

  • Facilitate the emergence of a new generation of leaders in the field through leadership development, teamwork, public speaking and advocacy skills to advance the sexual wellbeing.

Faculty and Training Methodology


Liesl Theron

Liesl Theron, who works daily to protect the rights of transgender, transsexual, and nonconforming persons in South Africa. Liesl co-founded Gender DynamiX, the country’s first civil society organization focusing on the needs of trans persons.


The Faculty for the Fellowship is composed of a multidisciplinary team of experts in the field of sexuality, policy engagements, demography, program management, communication, advocacy, sustainable development and public health. The training approach incorporates a variety of participatory training methods that enable participants to acquire hands-on skills to start making a difference in their organizations.   The sessions are structured to promote the sharing of ideas, team building and collaborative work amongst participants with the goal of nurturing relationships that last beyond the training period.


This course is designed for young professionals across sectors- public service, civil society activists, programme officers/ managers in health and social development organizations including academia and media practitioners. Applicants should be aged 35 years or below with demonstrable experience/interest in the area of sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Please note that this course is conducted in English.