Call for Caribbean papers on sex education

As a budding researcher, one of the thing’s I’ve learned over the last few years is how difficult it is to locate peer-reviewed articles on public health research conducted throughout the Caribbean. Now, we know that the region has an active research base, but much of the knowledge gained from research studies seems to be locked away somewhere. Now, an international public health journal–Sex Education–is aiming to get more researchers from the region to submit their work.  Of course, one way to do that is to have an advocate in the region, and in that they have Professor Christine Barrow of Barbados, who recently joined Sex Education‘s editorial board.

Sex Education—the leading international journal on all aspects of sex, sexuality and sex and relationships education—is specifically welcoming contributions from the Caribbean.

Now in its eleventh year, the online journal has an extensive international readership. (Its content is available to developing world researchers and activists through the HINARI scheme.) Sex Education also boasts far-ranging content—everything from insight into Polish teens’ sexual initiation garnered from letters to the editor, to what tribal young men in Bangladesh know about preventing HIV.

In fact, the journal’s scope is more expansive than its title lets on. According to the publishers, “sex education takes place in a range of contexts—at home, in schools, through the media and the community.” Papers focusing on one or more of these settings, quantitative and qualitative studies as well as conceptual and historical analyses are welcome. Sex and relationships education, sexual and reproductive health and sexuality and rights are all on the agenda.

Barbados-based researcher, Professor Christine Barrow, recently became a member of the journal’s  editorial board. She says that there is quite a lot of research into adolescent sexuality being conducted in the Caribbean. However, most of it remains in the framework of knowledge, attitude, behaviour and practice (KABP) surveys.

“We know a lot about the ‘what’ of sexuality but not too much about the ‘why’,” she said. “We frame the research around individual attitudes and practices rather than looking at the structural drivers of sexuality. We’re still in a ‘risk’ mode, rather than the ‘vulnerability’ mode which takes a look into the wider environment to assess issues like gender and generational inequalities.”

Barrow said that looking upstream to answer why things are as they are will ultimately lead to better understanding of our context and more responsive programs and policies. She encourages Caribbean participation in this global process.

Inquiries may be addressed to“>Christine Barrow and editor,“>Peter Aggleton

source: PANCAP.

YouthActionNet® Global Fellowship Program – Applications open February 1st

Have you started an organization to foster change in your community? Maybe you run a mentorship program for disadvantaged youths or you started a non governmental organization that supports young people who have left the school systems. Regardless of your path, this opportunity below could give you the skills and knowledge to take your vision to the next level.

Launched in 2001 by the International Youth Foundation, YouthActionNet strengthens, supports, and celebrates the role of young people in leading positive change in their communities. Each year, 20 exceptional young social entrepreneurs are selected as YouthActionNet Global Fellows following a competitive application process.

For more information and to apply, visit their website at:

The year-long Fellowship program includes:

• A seven-day leadership retreat for twenty selected Fellows which offers dynamic peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, and sharing among young visionaries
• Focus on the personal growth and leadership abilities of Fellows, in addition to providing instruction in specific skills required to manage innovative, world-changing organizations
• Year-round learning opportunities based on Fellows’ individual needs and the six dimensions of leadership highlighted in the YouthActionNet® Global Curriculum: Personal, Visionary, Political, Collaborative, Organizational, and Societal.

Networking and Resources:
• Access to potential resources to support Fellows and their projects, including volunteers, mentors, and grant opportunities
• Opportunities to network and collaborate with IYF projects and partners
• Membership in the YouthActionNet® global network of fellows and alumni

• Training in areas such as communications planning, media outreach, message development, presentation skills, and innovative uses of new media technologies
• Access to global advocacy platforms and media coverage


  • Open to all young people aged 18-29 (as of October 07, 2012)
  • Applicants should be founders of existing projects/organizations, or leading a project within an organization.
  • Proficiency in English is required; applications must be submitted in English
  • Must be available to attend full retreat (all expenses paid) in the second week of October 2012.
For more information, visit their website at:
If you happen to find an opportunity through visiting this website, please come back here to  or send an e-mail to contact (at) and tell us about your experiences. We want to encourage all Caribbean nationals to participate in these global opportunities. You experience could help someone else.

Join Andre Robb and CrowdOutAIDS

 A few days ago, we posted about Andre Robb’s participation in drafting UNAIDS secretariat strategy. Soroya Julian followed up with him to find out how people across the region can participate in in the process.Through crowdsourcing–a process that enables mass collaboration–the secretariat hopes to engage more young people and others historically left out of strategy development.

So, how does Andre plan to make sure the Caribbean and its specific needs are well represented in the strategy? Here’s what he had to say:

“As far as I understand the CrowdOutAIDS process, the drafting committee is really an aggregator and refiner of the sentiments voiced throughout the process. So at this point, my role may not necessarily be to represent specific needs, as much as it is for me to stay true to the realities experienced by Caribbean young people. I will ensure that in situations where a regional perspective is needed, that I reflect views and insights that have been shared by participants, my own experience and the experiences of those I have access to during the process. The document is being publicly drafted and there is a solutions app on the site, so Caribbean youth and youth all over  the world, continue to have an opportunity to guarantee good representation – isn’t that awesome?!”

Want to get involved? Want to know more about the solutions app that Andre mentioned? Go to the website at of visit their Facebook page at


Andre Robb to Rep Caribbean in UNAIDS ‘CrowdOutAIDS’ Campaign!

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is using a non traditional method called crowdsourcing to develop the new UNAIDS secretariat strategy. Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call (Jeff Howe).

24 year old Andre Robb of Jamaica will join 9 other young adults from around the world, who have been selected as a part of this process. They will form a committee which will spend the next couple of weeks in training, analyzing the data, then using various online tools to collaborate on the development of the strategy.

Andre has worked for the government and civil society on Youth Development, HIV programmes and comprehensive sexuality education programmes in Jamaica. Andre’s advocacy in his country allows him to represent young people on local and international committees and working groups. He is now committed to building social innovation and social entrepreneurship among young Caribbean change makers. Follow him on Twitter:@robbizle7. No doubt Andre will be seeking to advocate for our region’s specific needs in this strategy, but be sure to tweet him and let him know your thoughts.

Meet the entire #CrowdOutAIDS Drafting Committee members: