YouthLab Policy Conversation 2016

“Blessers” and “Sugar daddies” matter: understanding the impact of transactional sexualities

Youth Lab, a youth-led policy think tank, in partnership with Youth-InterActive will host a policy conversation with youth from the community about their views on the “blessers” and “sugar daddy” subcultures of transactional relationships.


The conversation aims to gain insights from young men and women on the drivers of transactional sexuality and its impact on sexual health and socioeconomic outcomes. The conversation will be guided by the following questions:

- How do young people understand the terms “blesser” and “sugar daddy”?

- What makes men to become “blessers” or “sugar daddies” and what motivates women to be “blessees” or “sugar babies”?

- Can transactional sex be a safe option in the pursuit of sexual health?

- What is the role of gender empowerment and economic opportunities in understanding transactional sexualities?

We have invited a representative from ZaziSA, a women’s sexual health empowerment movement to be the conversation starter at the event. The event will be structured as an interactive discussion with workshop activities and small group discussions.

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KwaMashu Community Hall
Sibisi RoadL-Section,
4360 Durban
Republic of South Africa



  • Zinhle Mthembu (Zazi SA)
    • Zinhle Madela (peer educator
      • KwaMashu)
        Tessa Dooms von YouthLab (rechts) stellte als Einstieg in die Diskussion passende Fragen, die zum Reflektieren und Nachdenken anregten. Zur Beantwortung (Zustimmung/Nichtzustimmung) mussten sich die Teilnehmer jeweils auf eine andere Seite der Hallte verteilen. Eigene Aufnahme
        Zunächst wird die Diskussion in Kleingruppen forgesetzt... Eigene Aufnahme
        ...bevor dann wieder unter professioneller Moderation im Plenum diskutiert wurde. Eigene Aufnahme
        Participant at the KAS-YouthLab-Policy Dialogue Eigene Aufnahme