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Untying Development’s Straightjacket: Masculinities, Sexualities and Social Change

If development really did justice to the diversity of people’s social and sexual identities, livelihoods and living arrangements, how would it be different to the approaches we see today? What would be done differently? How can practitioners, activists, academics and policy actors concerned with challenging and changing oppressing gender and sexual norms work together to loosen development’s “straightjacket”? What is needed – in terms of knowledge, skills, practices, alliances – to enable those who seek to bring about positive social change to address the violence and oppression that development policies and practice may implicitly sustain because of a failure to recognise or engage with those who do not conform to taken-for-granted norms, and work together to make the world a fairer place?

PLRI members are attending a four-day symposium in Cape Town from the 18-22 September, which will bring together theorists, researchers, activists, policy actors and practitioners working on gender and development, men and masculinities, HIV prevention, gender violence and sexual rights. It will be convened as a collaborative initiative involving a number of programmes co-ordinated by the Institute of Development Studies in the UK – Participation and Development Relations, Sexuality and Development, Pathways of Women’s Empowerment, HIV and Development – in partnership with Sexuality Studies at York University in Canada, the Dissident Men Programme, UNDP and UNAIDS. (more…)


10/09/2009 at 10:38 Leave a comment

Conceptual Approaches to Human Trafficking

PLRI will be engaging with the ‘Trafficking Awareness Week’ organised by Students Against Human Trafficking at the University of Sussex. Jo Doezema from the Institute of Development Studies will be speaking in an event entitled Conceptual Approaches to Human Trafficking. This is an open meeting in Room Arts C 233 on Friday, May 8th from 11am – 1pm. Please do feel free to come along.

04/05/2009 at 11:18 Leave a comment


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