Sexuality Policy Watch hosted a seminar/workshop, “SexPolitics: Mapping Key Trends and Tensions in the Early 21st Century,” in Durban, South Africa, July 13-15. The USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights (GHHR) joined 35 researchers and activists from across the globe to share perspectives on the transformation of the sexuality politics landscape since 2002, the year SPW was founded.
GHHR Director Sofia Gruskin presented a paper assessing the status of sexual rights in 2016. Additionally, she presented “Desert, Rainforest or Jungle: What is the Global Sexual Rights Landscape?” on behalf of her co-authors Alice Miller, Jane Cottingham and Eszter Kismodi, highlighting both an opening-up to and a backlash towards sexual rights in recent years. Professor Gruskin emphasized the difficulty of defining the landscape of sexual rights by addressing the diverse (and sometimes conflicting) definitions, understandings and standards held by various organizations, bodies, political spaces, and individual actors and advocates across both national and global levels.