Jennie Dowd


Jennie Dowd

Jennie graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA (Hons) in Politics and French in 2012. Upon completing her studies, she worked as a political researcher and caseworker for a British Member of Parliament in Liverpool, UK. In September 2013, Jennie successfully graduated from a national 12-month training programme in community organising. The programme was delivered by Locality, the UK’s largest network for community-led organisations and, until moving to Cape Town in January 2015, her work focused on recognising, valuing and maximising existing assets and skills among local residents, citizen’s associations and frontline professionals to create social and political change through collective action.

Jennie is currently a postgraduate student at the African Gender Institute, based at the University of Cape Town. Along with a broader commitment to gender equality, social justice and a real belief in the transformative power of a strong civil society, Jennie’s particular interests are the full realisation of constitutional and human rights for all LGBTQIA+ persons and their families.

Jennie is working as in intern in Sonke’s HR department whilst concurrently conducting research on how Sonke’s Community Education and Mobilisation (CEM) Unit is seeking to address homo/transphobia within its work.

She will be in Cape Town completing her research Masters in Gender Studies until the end of 2016.