Participatory Action Research for Positive Change

Ayda Abdan Kondori

“..from high school through university, I would write something with the gender perspective in mind”.

Ayda Abdan KondoriI am currently studying Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Next to being a student, I am the project leader of Respect2love in Utrecht. This is a non-profit organization with one goal in mind: creating pathways to sensitive subjects in the social and cultural society in Utrecht. We can proudly say that our group is known for being dynamic and for its diversity.

 

Respect2love UtrechtSpeaking with Laetitia peeked my interest in conducting Participatory Action Research. What appealed to me, was one of the research aspects where masculinity is involved. I would like to explore and observe the ways how masculinity and femininity are seen in Hammanskraal, and how this affects the father-involvement in the community as a whole. The exciting part is when we return the knowledge gained from the research, to the community and facilitate them finding a solution.

From early on, I have always been interested in gender-related subjects. Intrigued by its fluidity, from high school through university, I would write something with the gender perspective in mind. The knowledge I have gained through intrinsic motivation has been implemented in Respect2love Utrecht. We developed a gender and sexuality sensitivity training for people whose identity is being formed in two cultural perspectives in the same geographic area, as we call it: bicultural. Our goal was creating recognition (not acceptance) in the heteronormative ascribed values of how a ‘man’ and ‘woman’ is defined.