Key Issues

There is currently only limited evidence about the relationships between sexuality, poverty and law in the context of development, despite an emerging body of qualitative and quantitative research on sexual rights,. We know however that these relationships are complex: while it is possible to see connections between hunger-reduction and nutrition, for instance, it is less straightforward to show a correlation between poverty reduction and legal and policy recognition of sexual rights.

The field of sexuality, poverty and law faces a unique challenge to both generate evidence showing the relationship between development and sexuality while simultaneously working with our partners to inform strategies to effect change using this evidence across a spectrum of policy spaces.

Latest news

  • Interview with Beki Abi of DANA Social Club, Ethiopia

    Beki Aby is a leader in the LGBT community in Ethiopia. In 2013 he co-founded DANA Social Club, an informal collective that advocates for LGBT rights and provides members with support and information. Cheryl Overs, at the Institute of Development Studies, interviews him about the situation in Ethiopia which to date has not been ‘on the radar’ of international organisations and activists.

  • BLOG: Exploring the relationship between gender, sexuality & social justice

    This blog post by Kay Lalor explores the recently published IDS Edited Collection and why the context of the law matters to the lived experiences of criminalisation and discriminatory practice, in relation to gender, sexuality and social justice.

  • NEWS: Research illuminates avenues to advance sexuality and gender justice

    Sexual and gender justice may refer to the law but this is far from all it encompasses. A new Edited Collection from IDS entitled Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s Law Got to Do with It? calls for ‘other ways of thinking’ about how to advance sexuality and gender justice.

  • NEWS: Following the Edited Collection launch

    The Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice Edited Collection was launched on 1 March 2016. All contributors attended the Symposium ‘Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s Law Got to Do with It?’ in March 2015. This Storify records some of the activity around the Collection's launch: both online and offline.

  • BLOG: Sexuality, gender and social justice: What’s law got to do with it?

    Elizabeth Mills, Arturo Sánchez García and Kay Lalor introduce the Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice Edited Collection which features over 30 articles, photo-essays, interviews and thought pieces on gender and sexuality from over 20 countries around the world.