This book addresses the intersections of gender, sexuality and social justice in relation to dominant development and policy discourses and interventions. Bringing together young scholars from Latin America, Africa and Asia, the book challenges dominant assumptions on sexuality in development discourse, policy and practice and proposes alternative approaches.

Reflecting on both the ‘global north’ and the ‘global south’, this book investigates key social justice issues, from teenage pregnancy, child marriage discourses, sexual empowerment, to sexual diversity, female imprisonment and sexuality, militarism and sexuality, anti-trafficking policies and processes of racialization and othering in the context of migration. Overall, the book challenges binary constructs and argues for an intersectional perspective on gender and sexual diversity as a problem of structural inequality that interacts with other systems of inequality, based on race, age, class and geopolitics.

This book will be of interest to social scientists and activists, as well as development scholars and practitioners engaging with questions of gender, sexuality and social justice.

part I|59 pages

Gender, sexual rights and non-normative gender expressions and sexualities

chapter 2|20 pages

Understanding incarceration and spousal/partner relationships

An exploration of female imprisonment and its effects on family relations in Zimbabwe

chapter 3|18 pages

Colombian women and US servicemen

Encounters and experiences from Melgar

chapter 4|19 pages

Salir adelante

The intersections of teenage pregnancy as experienced in the city of Monterrey, Mexico

part II|104 pages

Unpacking development and policy interventions in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights

chapter 5|20 pages

Women's sexual rights and empowerment beyond the liberal paradigm

Understanding sexuality and power relations from the life experiences of young women

chapter 7|20 pages

Silences and misrepresentations in the international child marriage discourse

A double reading of Girls Not Brides 1

chapter 8|19 pages

Bending the private-public gender norms

Schooling experiences of young mothers from low-income households in Kenya

chapter 9|22 pages

Politics of identities

Problematics of categories, labels and languages in LGBTQI+ movement in Bangladesh

part III|61 pages

Gender, sexuality and ‘race'

chapter 11|19 pages

Men, migration and masculinities

An intersectional analysis of Bangladeshi migrant men in The Hague, the Netherlands

chapter 12|20 pages

Migration, sex work and exploitative labor conditions

Experiences of Nigerian women in the sex industry in Turin, Italy, and counter-trafficking measures 1