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Pauline Oosterhoff - Research Fellow

Gender and Sexuality
E: p.oosterhoff@ids.ac.uk

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Administrator:
Parveen Mungroo

Google Scholar URL:
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Pauline Oosterhoff has over 20 years of international experience in public health research and advisory services and media production. She has masters degrees in political science and international public health and a PhD in medical anthropology.

Ms Oosterhoff has developed and managed programs focusing on access to health, notably sexual and reproductive health and HIV, gender, and human rights, for UNDP, Medecins Sans Frontieres, the Medical Committee Netherlands Vietnam, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other local and international NGOs and media organisations.

She has worked with sexual minorities and key populations on HIV, human rights and representation in Europe, the US, Asia and Africa since 1992. She has led several large multi-country evaluations of research and operational programs on sexual and reproductive health rights, HIV, human rights and disability. She is an experienced trainer on social science methodology and action research for health professionals, researchers and grassroots activists.

She started working with urban and rural indigenous and minority groups on health and human rights in Asia and Africa in 1996. In central Vietnam and Laos she worked on community-managed health, disability and health system reform with various minority ethnic groups, including the Ede and Bru-Van Kieu. In Northern Vietnam she scaled up a comprehensive PMTCT pilot program to remote mountainous areas that are mostly populated by minority ethnic groups, such as the Black Thai and the Hmong. In Thailand she trained displaced Karen, Mon, and Shan activists in documentary film production. In Bangladesh she documented human rights violations against the Rohingya people from Myanmar. In India and Uganda she conducted action research with indigenous Khasi and the Benet on visualizing development with identity.

Ms Oosterhoff developed and wrote dozens of international peer reviewed articles, assessments, manuals and training curriculums. She relishes using mixed methods and work in multidisciplinary teams.

In addition to her research and advisory work, she produces documentary films, installations and performances combining participatory action research and professional art production. She joined IDS as a research fellow in 2014. She speaks six languages.

A participatory action-learning and knowledge sharing programme to improve WFPs gender-mainstreaming practices.

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Providing an in-depth understanding of determinants of domestic violence in Ghana, to strengthen advocacy and advance legal, policy and programmatic interventions aimed at countering domestic violence in Ghana.

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The aim of the Rapid Response Briefings (RRB) series is to support governments and development agencies in responding quickly to rapidly emerging phenomena and unexpected global events and understanding the impact they may have on development policy, practice and outcomes.

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This is a mid-term evaluation of the Bridging the Gaps Programme a global program operating in 16 countries across all the main key populations at-risk for HIV.

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We are working on three projects in India and Nepal using participatory methods to better understand the complex dynamics of slavery and bonded labour and to generate and test community-led solutions.

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This is the front cover to IDS Rapid Response Briefing 15, 'Is Porn the New Sex Education?'

Is Porn the New Sex Education?

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 15 (2016)

Over the past 15 years, internet pornography has become the predominant channel through which young people learn about sex, not just in the developed world, but increasingly in developing countries too. In many developing countries, traditional gatekeepers of sex education, such as governments, religious leaders and parents, still attempt to keep sexuality out of the public sphere. More details

Domestic Violence in Ghana: Incidence, Attitudes, Determinants and Consequences

This study represents a comprehensive attempt to estimate the incidence of domestic violence in Ghana, and analyse the attitudes that sustain domestic violence, its determinants and its consequences. More details

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Using Participatory Statistics to Examine the Impact of Interventions to Eradicate Slavery: Lessons from the Field

CDI Practice Paper 16 (2016)

This CDI Practice Paper by Pauline Oosterhoff, Sowmyaa Bharadwaj, Danny Burns, Aruna Mohan Raj, Rituu B. Nanda and Pradeep Narayanan reflects on the use of participatory statistics to assess the impact of interventions to eradicate slavery and bonded labour. More details

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Transgender at Work: Livelihoods for Transgender People in Vietnam

IDS Evidence Report 167 (2016)

The laws in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam promote equality for all citizens and refer to ‘persons’ rather than ‘men’ or ‘women’. However, because of traditional gender norms, transgender people in Vietnam are facing severe stigma and discrimination in public, in schools, at home and in the workplace (CCIHP 2011; Hoang 2012; ICS 2015; iSEE 2013). More details

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Constitutional Reforms and Access to HIV Services for Women in Low-resource Settings in Nairobi, Kenya

IDS Evidence Report 137 (2015)

After more than two decades of agitation for a new constitution, the violence that followed Kenya’s 2007 presidential elections finally led to a reform movement to overhaul the way the country was governed. On 4 August 2010, voters approved a new Constitution by a clear majority, reflecting a widespread desire for change. More details

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Can porn be a positive for sex education?

21 Dec 2016
By Pauline Oosterhoff

Tough Shit: What's the link between diarrhoea and bonded labour?

02 Dec 2016
By Danny Burns, Pauline Oosterhoff, Rituu B. Nanda

Banning alcohol to protect girls? India is missing the mark

12 May 2016
By Pauline Oosterhoff, Carol Smithyes

The Gulf States, modern slavery and the refugee crisis

28 Sep 2015
By Pauline Oosterhoff

Being transgender in the workplace is difficult in Vietnam or anywhere

26 Aug 2015
By Pauline Oosterhoff, Tu-Anh Hoang

In India child slaves are mostly boys not girls

08 Apr 2015
By Pauline Oosterhoff, Rituu B. Nanda
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Thematic Expertise:
Building Inclusive Secure Societies; Disability and Development; Gender; Gender Violence; Governance; Health; Ebola; HIV; Humanitarian Relief and Development; Politics and Power; Reducing Inequalities; Rights; Sexuality.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Empowerment of Women and Girls; Policy Anticipation Response and Evaluation; Sexuality Poverty and Law; Sexuality and Development Programme.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; East Asia (excluding Japan and South Korea); South East Asia; Bangladesh; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Cambodia; China; Croatia; Côte d Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; India; Indonesia; Kenya; Laos; Mozambique; Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Philippines; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Thailand; Togo; Uganda; United States; Viet Nam; Zambia.