Godfrey Kangaude was a 2012-2013 UCLA Law-Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow. Prior to pursuing his LL.M. degree at UCLA Law, Kangaude earned a Bachelor of Philosophy at Urbaniana, an LL.B. (Hons) at the University of Malawi, and an LL.M. degree at the University of the Free State in South Africa. Kangaude is an expert in sexual and reproductive rights, having previously worked for many years on research and advocacy concerning the high incidence of abortion-related morbidity and mortality with Ipas, an international NGO, in Malawi.
During his year as a Sonke Fellow at UCLA Law, Kangaude specialized in Public Interest Law & Policy, focusing his studies and coursework on sexuality, gender and human rights law. After earning his LL.M. degree from UCLA Law, Kangaude began working with Sonke Gender Justice as a Policy Development and Advocacy Fellow, where his work has focused on research, advocacy and training of men and boys to achieve gender equality.
Kangaude’s interests lay at the intersection of society, culture, and human rights, and in particular the sexual and reproductive rights of populations including adolescents, persons with disabilities, LGBTI persons, and women. He has published several works: Disability, the Stigma of Asexuality and Sexual Health: A Sexual Rights Perspective, 5 Rev. Disability Stud. 22 (2009); a chapter in the book Sexuality and Disability: Politics, Identity and Access (2010); and A Sexual Rights Approach to Addressing Gender-Based Sexual Violence Among Male Prisoners in Malawi, 14 Af. Hum. Rts L.J. 1 (2014), the latter of which he began in a seminar course at UCLA Law.