Describing herself as a “child-centric methodologist”, Neziswa Titi conducts research that prioritises children’s voices. How they make meaning of experiences of sexual violence and trauma was the topic of the studies for which she was recently awarded her PhD at the University of South Africa. Titi is driven to see better representation of black children in academia. Her work is contextualised by a decolonial, Africa-centred outlook. Last year she was invited to be a guest speaker by the International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership to shed light on her approach. More broadly, her work is aimed at law reform and child rights advocacy through youth participatory mechanisms and community engagement. Titi is a committee member of the South African National Child Rights Coalition, and serves as the vice-chairperson of the research and methodologies division of the Psychological Association of South Africa. She also mentors young academics through the Ibali storytelling network.
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