Around the world
Since its launching, in 2006, the Sexuality Policy Watch website has circulated relevant information on sexual politics trends, events and actors around the world. This investment has resulted in a rich archive of global and national sexual politics.
One main feature of this database is that it is not confined to specific areas or issues. It encompasses information on abortion, sexual and reproductive rights, sex work, sexual violence, gender and women’s rights, HIV and AIDs; and emphasizes materials and analysis that contribute to locate these issues in relation to the political economy of sexuality. Since 2013, key facts, events and trends are selected and highlighted in monthly announcements.
Brazil in the UPR: Shadow Report presented in 2019
The SPW is pleased to offer the part-time report produced by civil society regarding the country’s assessment in the UN Universal Periodic Review 2017. The report presented here responds to the partial report presented by Brazil at the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council. The document has been extensively criticized by organizations in […]Read more
US Supreme Court Succession: what’s at stake and comes next after RDG?
Trump’s Selection of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court Is Part of a Larger Antidemocratic Project – The New Yorker Barrett Clerked for Scalia. Conservatives Hope She’ll Follow His Path. – New York Times Conservative Dark Money Group Plans to Spend More Than $2 Million to Boost Trump’s Supreme Court Pick – Mother Jones […]Read more
Amnesty International’s Updated Abortion Policy: FAQs
We have updated our position to align with evolving international human rights law and standards, to make it as inclusive as possible, and to ensure it addresses the full range of barriers that impede access to safe abortion and the full range of human rights violations due to criminalization of abortion.Read more
Judith Butler on the culture wars, JK Rowling and living in “anti-intellectual times”
Thirty years ago, the philosopher Judith Butler*, now 64, published a book that revolutionised popular attitudes on gender. Gender Trouble, the work she is perhaps best known for, introduced ideas of gender as performance. It asked how we define “the category of women” and, as a consequence, who it is that feminism purports to fight for. Today, it is a foundational text on any gender studies reading list, and its arguments have long crossed over from the academy to popular culture.Read more
Pedophilia – more of the same?
by Sonia Corrêa & Rajnia de Vito Recently, references to pedophilia have increased vertiginously in Brazilian social networks and the press. At first glance, this phenomenon might be attributed to the unwarranted accusations against YouTuber Felipe Neto, who bluntly publicized his opposition to Bolsonaro. Not only did he publicize it, but he managed to be […]Read more
Pedophilia, moral panic and abortion rights in Latin America and Brazil
After six months into the pandemic, a striking feature of the condition under which we are working is that time has not expanded, as initially many of us had predicted, but rather shrank. Although we are fixed in one place, the complete virtualization of work and sociability has triggered […]Read more
Monsters Under the Bed
A series of memes and messages were recently circulated throughout the continent with the aim of alerting people to an alleged movement that would be seeking to normalize pedophilia. What is behind this strategy? How and from whom should we protect children? by Andrea Dominguez In groups of neighbors on WhatsApp, everyone is familiar, reasonable, […]Read more
Decolonization and Afro-feminism – Book Launch Invitation
Sylvia Tamale, author of Decolonization and Afro-Feminism, will be discussing her new book with Charmaine Pereira, writer and feminist scholar in Abuja, Nigeria. Host: Firoze Manji, Publisher, Daraja Press – on YouTube September 24, 2002 9:00 am Eastern Time (Ottawa) 2:00 pm Nigeria Time 4:00 pm East Africa Time Why do so many Africans […]Read more
Rosalind Petchesky wins the Charles A. McCoy Award
SPW dearly congratulates our friend and Steering Committee member, Rosalind Petchesky, for receiving the New Political Science Charles A. McCoy Career Achievement Award, a more than well-deserved recognition. Rosalind Petchesky, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Political Science, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, is the 2020 Charles McCoy Career Achievement Awardee. […]Read more
The case of the girl from Espírito Santo: Is this a new turning point in the long journey for abortion rights in Brazil?
by Sonia Corrêa Since 1940, Brazilian law has permitted abortion in cases of rape, and sexual intercourse with persons under 14 years old is automatically defined as rape. In 1999, the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s issued the Technical Protocol orienting Care for Victims of Sexual Violence (MoH Protocol), considered by WHO as a main global […]Read more
Live with Gita Sen | Inequality, Biopower and Health: a perfect storm
The Institute of Public Health Bengaluru invites all for the IPH Annual Oration Day Series. On Friday, August 28th, Prof. Gita Sen will deliver a talk on “Inequality, Biopower and Health: a perfect storm“. Friday, August 28th At 4pm to 5pm (IST) Prof. Gita Sen is the Director of the Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity and […]Read more
Call for Papers | Global Public Health’s Special Issue – DEADLINE EXTENDED (15th October)
Global Public Health Special Issue: (Re)imagining Research, Activism, and Rights at the Intersections of Sexuality, Health, and Social Justice Guest Editors: Debolina Dutta, Laura Murray, Elsa Oliveira, and Richard Parker In times such as now, when so much of our lives, bodies, thoughts, expressions, and ideas are under threat, the act of critical re-imagination becomes […]Read more
Open Letter addressed to Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng
Rio de Janeiro, August 21st, 2020 Open Letter addressed to Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng as the new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. Dear Dr. Mofokeng The mandate you now hold was created in 2002 by a Brazilian initiative. […]Read more
A Tribute to Katherine Cuellar Bravo
In May 2020, Katherine Cuellar Bravo, a young Colombian researcher from the public health field, has passed away. She was responsible for the Colombian case study of the Global Emergency in Health, Zika, and Abortion Research in Latin America, led by the International Development Department of the London School of Economics in association with researchers […]Read more
Agamben and the pandemic: critiques and responses
Giorgio Agamben: The Plague was Already Present – Critical Legal Thinking Giorgio Agamben: Contagion – Enough 14 COVID-19 and the neoliberal state of exception – Al Jazeera Philosophy and Pandemic in the Postdigital Era: Foucault, Agamben, Žižek – NCBI States of Emergency, Metaphors of Virus, and COVID-19 – Verso Books Giorgio Agamben’s Coronavirus Cluelessness – […]Read more