Volume 26, Issue 1 | March 2018


Picture attribution: Mídia Ninja

Sexuality is still widely treated as a private matter, but it affects every aspect of life. Failing to see it as a public concern relieves the state and other powerful actors from their responsibility to uphold, protect and respect the rights of all - in particular women and people with diverse sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).

Challenging patriarchal norms and compulsory heterosexuality carries a high price. Activists share their strategies to love and live free from abuse and violence, and challenge biases within society and its institutions - including development and humanitarian sectors - to realise economic, social and political justice.

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Below, you can find free access to the Introduction, three articles, and the Resources and Book Reviews sections of the issue.

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Introduction: Sexualities
Pauline Oosterhoff and Caroline Sweetman

Exploring experiences of heterosexism and coping strategies among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in Swaziland
Carmen H. Logie, Amaya Perez-Brumer, Emma Woolley, Veli Madau, Winnie Nhlengethwa, Peter A. Newman and Stefan D. Baral

Transgender employment and entrepreneurialism in Vietnam
Pauline Oosterhoff and Tu-Anh Hoang

Disrupting the ‘life-cycle’ of violence in social relations: recommendations for anti-trafficking interventions from an analysis of pathways out of sex work for women in Eastern India
Mirna Guha

Lesbian and bisexual women in Cuba: family, rights, and policy
Evie Browne

LGBTQI-identified human rights defenders: courage in the face of adversity at the United Nations
Nick J. Mulé

Bringing diverse sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) into peacebuilding policy and practice
Megan Daigle and Henri Myrttinen

‘Being young and LGBT, what could be worse?’ Analysis of youth LGBT activism in Indonesia: challenges and ways forward
Rinaldi Ridwan and Joyce Wu

Coming together. Experiences and lessons from an LGBTQI project in three countries
Nicolette Matthijsen

Christian Aid and LGBTI rights: breaking the silence
Clare Paine

Reconceptualising and contextualising sexual rights in the MENA region: beyond LGBTQI categories
Nof Nasser-Eddin, Nour Abu-Assab and Aydan Greatrick


Here you can find additional materials related to the issue. These are compiled by Liz Cooke.

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Book Reviews

Edited by Liz Cooke

Constitutions and Gender edited by Helen Irving. Reviewed by Adrien K. Wing

The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy by Cynthia Enloe. Reviewed by Caroline Sweetman

Gender and Employment in Rural China by Jing Song. Reviewed by Sally Sargeson

Has Democracy Failed Women? by Drude Dahlerup. Reviewed by Anne Marie Goetz