SPW identified four themes associated with sexuality—state, religion, science, and economics—that it believed warranted further attention to advance the field of sexuality, intellectually and politically.
Over the last decade The Inner Circle (TIC) has discovered that Muslims who are queer struggle to make peace with their sexuality and their faith. They often trade in the one at the expense of the other and find it difficult to accept both identities.
“If sexual violence is not fully addressed in ceasefires and peace processes, there will be no peace for women,” said former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland at a UN high-level meeting on peace negotiations in New York.
While one could think that aspects relating to sexuality would come into this debate as one of the key dimensions of human development, main obstacles remain, which make it difficult to more fully incorporate sexuality as development priority.
Faced with a significant lack of consensus around its “traditional values” resolution, Russia announced that there were “still issues to be addressed” and that the resolution would not be presented for a vote, but deferred until the September session.
Activists working for the rights of LGBT people in many countries are still under-resourced, unnecessarily isolated, and vulnerable to violent backlash even after four decades of struggle, according to a Human Rights Watch report.