Strange Bedfellows? Sex and International Development

17/06/2009 at 11:20 Leave a comment

The UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Debt, Aid and Trade, the Institute of Development Studies Sexuality and Development Programme and the Realising Rights Research Programme Consortium are co-sponsoring an event in the House of Commons. Attendance is open to all.

HIV/AIDS takes millions of lives each year and health complications around sex, reproduction and pregnancy are among the leading causes of death among women in developing countries. Health issues related to sexuality are beginning to be recognised by international development actors. But there is less acknowledgement of the role that pressure to conform to norms around sexuality plays in influencing well-being. Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people, sex workers, single women, women who have sex outside of marriage and non-macho men may face not only pressure to conform, but stigma, discrimination and violence if they do not. This meeting offers an exciting opportunity to explore the ways in which poverty reduction efforts and work on sexuality and sexual rights intersect with a view to improved policy and programming.

Featuring:
Susie Jolly, Institute of Development Studies, speaking on the links between poverty and sexuality with recommendations for the upcoming UK Government policy on maternal, sexual and reproductive health
Xiaopei He, Pink Space, Sexuality Research Centre, Beijing, on how her NGO has conducted innovative programming with sexual minorities in China
Ruth Morgan Thomas, Global Network of Sex Work Projects/Paulo Longo Research Initiative, talking about the links between development and sex workers rights and wellbeing
Felicity Daly, Interact Worldwide, on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues in UK Government international development policy

WHEN: Wednesday 1st July, 17.00 – 19.00
WHERE: Palace of Westminster, Room CR19
RSVP: Email Charlie Matthews (c.matthews@ids.ac.uk)

Download a copy of the invitation…

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