SDG 5: Achieve gender equality & empower all women & girls


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

Rescue, and Real Love: Same-sex Desire in International Development

  • The most critical demand one can make of development actors engaged in pursuit of sexual rights at this juncture is for more complexity.
  • All sexual desires are complex, unwieldy, messy and shifting. 
  • While the arrival of homosexual/queer/LGBT subjects in international development has offered up more categories of sexual identity, it has not begun to grapple with the messiness of desire itself.

'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, Development and Non-conforming Desire in the Arab World: The Case of Lebanon and Egypt

  • Neither Egypt nor Lebanon can be said to offer social or legal environments that are supportive of sexual and gender nonconformists (SGNs) – at least not at the present time.
  • Lebanese police and judiciary continue to target SGNs, particularly those from the most disadvantaged parts of society.

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. 

Case Study: Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Women Living with HIV in South Africa

  • This case study presents five examples of the violation of sexual and reproductive health rights of women living with HIV, and explores the underlying causes and dynamics. 
  • The review presents a number of key recommendations for South African activists, the South African government, and international donors such as measures to harmonise existing policies to fit the needs of women living with HIV
  • Establish and institutionalise rights-based training for health care workers and to institute redress mechanisms for women whose rights have been violated

Policy Audit: Sexuality and Disability in Policies Affecting Chinese People with Disabilities

  • Law-makers and policymakers at the national level should involve people with disabilities and grass-roots organisations in the consultation processes, to guarantee their needs and desires are represented and reflected in the policies and laws that are relevant to them
  • Local and regional ministries that are responsible for implementing national policies should integrate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights across national policies and provide better access to sexual health resources for people with disabilities
  • NGOs and the civil society sector working

Case Study: Livelihood, Exclusion and Opportunity: Socioeconomic Welfare among Gender and Sexuality Non-normative People in India

  • Facilitate awareness-generation sessions on psycho-social, medical and legal processes involved in feminisation/masculinisation (gender identity change, sexual reassignment surgery, hormonal therapy) for transgender people
  • Facilitate continuing initiatives that train and handhold people in negotiating the rules and regulations (paperwork) in applying for and accessing social security schemes, including timely follow-up
  • Support community discourse42 on issues of gender, sexuality and human rights to generate awareness and address self-stigma among people with non-normat


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