SDG 16: Promote inclusive socieites & provide access to justice


A Critical Analysis of Public Policies on Education and LGBT Rights in Brazil

  • A clearly supported strategy is needed against homophobia and sexism in educational policies and the national curriculum.
  • There is a need to articulate and strengthen the intersectionality between educational policies against homophobia with other public policies, such as poverty reduction, work, health and others.
  • Long-term policies against homophobia should be developed.
  • There is a need to acknowledge and develop strategies to tackle local resistance to policy implementation.
  • Resources are required to support staff promoting equality (information, wor

Sex Workers, Empowerment and Poverty Alleviation in Ethiopia

  • Although the criminal law against adult sex work is not enforced, it does exacerbate poverty by depriving sex workers of the civil rights and access to services they need. 
  • To remove structural determinants of poverty the law should be removed to make way for sex workers to claim rights under labour and other administrative legal provisions and to benefit from antidiscrimination and other human rights law. 
  • The inclusion of sex workers in Ethiopia’s Social Protection Policy should be recognised and applauded. 
  • All adult women born in Ethiopia who sell sex

'Leave No One Behind': Gender, Sexuality and the Sustainable Development Goals

To work towards inclusive development that addresses social exclusion, development actors need to shape and implement development policies that ensure:

  • That all people irrespective of their sexuality and gender identity are actively protected against social, economic and political forms of discrimination.
  • That health, education, and social protection resources that contribute towards individual wellbeing and overall socioeconomic development are made available to all those in need, leaving no one behind. 

Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s Law Got to Do with It? International Symposium Workshop Report

  • There is a need for a more careful unpacking of the power dynamics of different relationships, including global-local, South-South and within movements.
  • Recognition of the problematic power dynamics of global-local interactions must be followed by the implementation of strategies to address these dynamics. 
  • There is an urgent need to close the gap between progressive law and its implementation and to ensure that sound, evidence-based policy is fully realised in practice. 
  • Research capacity in institutions and universities in the global South should be supported

Sexuality and the Law: Case Studies from Cambodia, Egypt, Nepal and South Africa

  • Engaging with the law and seeking policy reform is potentially a dangerous activity especially in countries which do uphold the rule of law or where laws are in rapid flux and have little correspondence to lived social realities.
  • Sexuality is significant in relation to law and development
  • Sexuality should be explored as a broad concept and not to be confined by specific forms of categorisation of sexualities but identities and constructs can also provide entry points and modalities for legal recognition, funding for essential services and other advantages.
  • Even

Religion, Gender and Sexuality Workshop Report: 1–5 June 2015, Garden Court Hotel, Eastgate, Johannesburg

  • This report came out of a Religion, Gender and Sexuality workshop, hosted by Sonke Gender Justice, MenEngage Africa, Institute of Development Studies and Wits Centre for Diversity Studies in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
  • Religious doctrine shapes and informs decision-making at the individual and collective levels, and sexuality and gender rights advocates must therefore work with faith-based organisations and religious activists to challenge harmful and discriminatory sexuality and gender norms and practices. 


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