2016

sexuality: critical to addressing poverty and food insecurity (hindi)

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Sexuality is a defining aspect of being human. How individuals choose to express their sexuality has ramifications on their health, well-being, participation in, and contribution to societal development (Hawkins, Cornwall, & Lewin 2011). While it holds the potential to tackle tenacious issues such as eradicating poverty and hunger, mainstream development discourse has largely ignored issues of sexuality. The absence of any reference to sexuality—aside from addressing HIV and AIDS—in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is one such oversight. As we approach the deadline for the MDGs this year, around 1.2 billion people continue to live below the poverty line of $1.25 per day, and 842 million people suffer from chronic hunger (MDG Report 2014; FAO 2014). The number of people classified as living in multidimensional poverty is even higher, pegged at 1.5 billion (UNDP 2014).

The year 2015 also marks the launch of a new set of universal goals—the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the post-2015 development agenda currently being crafted, of the 17 proposed goals, the first two goals focus on the themes of poverty elimination (goal 1) and ending hunger (goal 2), showing they remain relevant (Open Working Group [OWG] 2014). Yet, it is disturbing to note that despite the lobbying from women’s groups and LGBTI 1 activists, sexuality is still missing. While the goals are seen to be more progressive in comparison to the MDGs and incorporate the “elimination of all forms of discrimination,” promote “inclusive development,” and “ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health,” it does not explicitly mention human rights, particularly sexual rights. While access to information and education is mentioned under indicator 3.7 (goal 3), it does not clearly state comprehensive sexuality education. This omission is indicative of the continued uneasiness development agencies and governments have with sexuality and sexual rights.

Vietnam

  • Centre for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP)

Indonesia

  • Aliansi Satu Visi (ASV);
  • CEDAW Working Group;
  • Hollaback! Jakarta;
  • Institut Kapal Perempuan;
  • Kalyanamitra;
  • Komnas Perempuan;
  • Remaja Independen Papua/Independent Youth
    Forum Papua (FRIP/IYFP);
  • Perkumpulan Keluarga Berencana Indonesia (PKBI);
  • Perkumpulan Lintas Feminis Jakarta;
  • Perkumpulan Pamflet Generasi;
  • RUTGERS Indonesia;
  • Sanggar SWARA;
  • Women on Web;
  • Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan (YKP); 
  • YIFOS Indonesia

Maldives

  • Hope for Women
  • Society for Health Education (SHE)
sexuality: critical to addressing poverty and food insecurity (hindi)

Sexuality is a defining aspect of being human. How individuals choose to express their sexuality has ramifications on their health, well-being, participation in, and contribution to societal development (Hawkins, Cornwall, & Lewin 2011). While it holds the potential to tackle tenacious issues such as eradicating poverty and hunger, mainstream development discourse has largely ignored issues of sexuality. The absence of any reference to sexuality—aside from addressing HIV and AIDS—in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is one such oversight. As we approach the deadline for the MDGs this year, around 1.2 billion people continue to live below the poverty line of $1.25 per day, and 842 million people suffer from chronic hunger (MDG Report 2014; FAO 2014). The number of people classified as living in multidimensional poverty is even higher, pegged at 1.5 billion (UNDP 2014).

The year 2015 also marks the launch of a new set of universal goals—the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the post-2015 development agenda currently being crafted, of the 17 proposed goals, the first two goals focus on the themes of poverty elimination (goal 1) and ending hunger (goal 2), showing they remain relevant (Open Working Group [OWG] 2014). Yet, it is disturbing to note that despite the lobbying from women’s groups and LGBTI 1 activists, sexuality is still missing. While the goals are seen to be more progressive in comparison to the MDGs and incorporate the “elimination of all forms of discrimination,” promote “inclusive development,” and “ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health,” it does not explicitly mention human rights, particularly sexual rights. While access to information and education is mentioned under indicator 3.7 (goal 3), it does not clearly state comprehensive sexuality education. This omission is indicative of the continued uneasiness development agencies and governments have with sexuality and sexual rights.

Morocco

  • Association Marocaine de Planification Familiale (AMPF),
  • Morocco Family Planning Association

India

  • CommonHealth;
  • Love Matters India;
  • Pravah;
  • Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC);
  • SAHAYOG;
  • Sahaj;
  • Sahiyo;
  • SAMA – Resource Group for Women and Health;
  • WeSpeakOut;
  • The YP Foundation (TYPF)

Lao PDR

  • Lao Women’s Union;
  • The Faculty of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Health
    Sciences (UHS)

Sri Lanka

  • Bakamoono;
  • Women and Media Collective (WMC),
  • Youth Advocacy Network – Sri Lanka (YANSL)

Malaysia

  • Federation of Reproductive Health Associations of Malaysia (FRHAM);
  • Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG);
  • Justice for Sisters (JFS);
  • Reproductive Health Association of
    Kelantan (ReHAK);
  • Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM);
  • Sisters in Islam (SIS)

Maldives

  • Hope for Women;
  • Society for Health Education (SHE)

Myanmar

  • Colourful Girls Organization;
  • Green Lotus Myanmar

Nepal

  • Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC);
  • Blind Youth Association of Nepal;
  • Blue Diamond Society (BDS);
  • Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA);
  • Visible Impact;
  • Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC);
  • YPEER Nepal;
  • YUWA

Pakistan

  • Aahung, Centre for Social Policy Development (CSPD);
  • Forum for Dignity Initiative (FDI);
  • Gravity Development Organization; Green Circle Organization;
  • Indus Resources Center (IRC);
  • Idara-e-Taleem-O-Aaghai (ITA);
  • Rehnuma – Family Planning Association Pakistan;
  • Shelter
    Participatory Organisation;
  • Shirkat Gah;
  • The Enlight Lab

Philippines

  • Democratic Socalist Women of the Philippines (DSWP);
  • Galang;
  • Healthcare Without Harm;
  • Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities;
  • Likhaan Centre for Women’s Health;
  • Nisa UI Haqq Fi Bangsamoro;
  • PATH Foundation Inc. (PFPI);
  • Women’s Global Network for
    Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)

Singapore

  • End Female Genital Cutting Singapore
  • Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)

Mongolia

  • MONFEMNET National Network