The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) have developed a unique toolkit on 'Sexuality and Social Justice' that aims to share learning on strategies to strengthen rights and improve the lives of those marginalised because of their sexuality.
There is deep concern at the number of people who are excluded from the process and benefits of development because of their sexuality. Activists and development professionals, amongst others, face great challenges in engaging with political and legal processes to bring about positive social change. The toolkit was developed under the auspices of IDS's Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme.
The toolkit provides guidance, supported by up-to-date case studies, on the ways in which activists, lawyers, donor agencies and NGOs, amongst others, can use policy and the law to challenge exclusion and marginalisation related to sexuality. It breaks down legal jargon and outlines the key aspects of policy-making and legal processes in an accessible format. It also provides insights into the challenges of working on the law in relation to sexuality, such as the dangers of visibility in sexuality activism and the risk of more punitive laws or violent backlash when sexuality-related issues are raised.
The toolkit is accesible here on an interactive website where individuals can comment on any aspect of the toolkit, or suggest further resources or information for the toolkit's authors to add. You can download a factsheet with some more information about the toolkit here.