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Development with a Body

'We used to talk about development with a human face. We should be talking about development with a body' Arit Oku-Egbas, African Regional Sexuality Resource Centre, Nigeria Sex and sexuality have always had a place at the heart of the development agenda - from concerns regarding population and environment, to practices in education and efforts for protecting reproductive health and rights. Yet this agenda has largely focused on negative dimensions of sexuality - disease, risk, violation - rather than positive aspects, including rights to sexual fulfillment, wellbeing and pleasure. The shift towards a rights-based approach to development has brought the human rights dimensions of sexuality into clearer view, and consequently the need to address discriminatory laws and violations of the human rights of those whose sexual identity and practices diverge from dominant sexual orders/norms. This book offers compelling insights into contemporary challenges and transformative possibilities of the struggle for sexual rights. It combines the conceptual with the political, and offering inspiring examples of practical interventions and campaigns that emphasize the positive dimensions of sexuality. It brings together reflections and experiences of researchers, activists and practitioners from Brazil, India, Nigeria, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and Zambia. From political discourse on sex and masculinity to sex work and trafficking, from HIV and sexuality to struggles for legal reform and citizenship, the authors explore the gains of creating stronger linkages between sexuality, human rights and development.
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Table of Contents

Foreword - Paul Hunt 1. Development with a Body - Andrea Cornwall, Sonia Correa and Susie Jolly 2. Development's Encounter With Sexuality: Essentialism and Beyond - Sonia Correa and Susie Jolly Part I: Sexual Rights/Human Rights 3. Sexual Rights are Human Right - Kate Sheill 4. Sex Work, Trafficking, and HIV: How Development Is Compromising Sex Workers' Human Rights - Melissa Ditmore 5. The Language of Rights - Jaya Sharma 6. Children's Sexual Rights in an Era of HIV/AIDS - Deevia Bhana 7. The Rights of Man - Alan Greig 8. Human Rights Interrupted: an illustration from India - Sumit Baudh Part II: Gender and Sex Orders 9. Discrimination against Lesbians in the Workplac - Alejandra Sarda 10. Ruling Masculinities in Post-Apartheid South Africa - Kopano Ratele 11. Gender, Identity and Travesti Rights in Peru - Giuseppe Campuzano 12. Small Powers, Little Choice: Reproductive and Sexual Rights in Slums in Bangladesh - Sabina Faiz Rashid 13. Social and Political Inclusion of Sex Workers as a Preventive Measure against Trafficking: Serbian Experiences - Jelena Djordjevic Part III: Changing Mindsets 14. Confronting Our Prejudices: Women's Movement Experiences in Bangladesh Shireen Huq 15. Sexuality Education as a Human Right: Lessons from Nigeri - Adenike O. Esiet 16. Terms of Contact and Touching Change: Investigating Pleasure in an HIV Epidemic - Jill Lewis and Gill Gordon 17. A Democracy of Sexuality: Linkages and Strategies for Sexual Rights, Participation and Development - Henry Armas 18. Integrating Sexuality into Gender and Human Rights Frameworks: A Case Study from Turkey - Pinar Ilkkaracan and Karin Ronge

About the Author

Andrea Cornwall is a Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, where she directs a multi-country research programme, Pathways of Women's Empowerment ( She has worked in the field of sexual and reproductive health and participatory methodologies for many years, and is co-editor of Realizing Rights: Transforming Approaches to Sexual and Reproductive Wellbeing (with Alice Welbourn, Zed Books, 2002) and Feminisms in Development: Contradictions, Contestations and Challenges (with Elizabeth Harrison and Ann Whitehead, Zed Books, 2006).Sonia Correa is the founder of SOS-Corpo- Instituto Feminista para a Democracia (Brazil). She is the coordinator for sexual and reproductive health rights of DAWN, Development Alternative with Women for a New Era, a southern-based research and activist network. She is the author of Population and Reproductive Rights: feminist perspectives from the South (1994). Since 1994, she has closely followed United Nations negotiations in relation to gender, sexuality and reproductive health. She is currently a Research Associate at the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) and the co-chair of Sexuality Policy Watch, a global initiative created in 2002 as the International Working Group on Sexuality and Social Policy. Susie Jolly is Gender Communications Officer at BRIDGE, IDS. Together with Andrea Cornwall, she is spearheading IDS work on sexuality. She aims to support exchanges between sexual rights activists, and help share their insights with people in the development industry. She writes and manages BRIDGE publications on gender issues in relation to HIV/AIDS, migration and poverty. She is also engaged with local rights struggles, and is founder of Brighton Both Ways Bisexual Group. Susie came to IDS in 1998. Previously she lived in Beijing for several years, managing poverty alleviation programmes for UNDP, and joining in local women's rights and LGBT activism.


'This anthology is a must read for all development practitioners frustrated by strategies that are grossly out of touch with the realities of the masses; it is for those that wish to "be real" and relevant to those they are supposed to work for. Its wide range and depth of analysis is guaranteed to jumpstart a stimulating debate even among the most conservative development thinkers.' Sylvia Tamale, Makerere University, Uganda

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