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    Understanding the Adverse Effects of Stereotypes on Sexual Minorities in International Refugee Law Frameworks

Understanding the Adverse Effects of Stereotypes on Sexual Minorities in International Refugee Law Frameworks

by Shubham Tiwary

Despite the gradual acceptance and recognition of rights of sexual minorities, more than 68 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex sexual acts, with severity of punishment in these countries going as extreme as the death penalty.  However, state-sanctioned homophobia is not the only form of hostility. It can also be observed in the form of a state’s tolerance and/or […]

Coercion and Agency in Zimbabwean Sex Work

by Boetumelo Julianne Nyasulu

With the patriarchal structures, deteriorating economic state, and constrained employment opportunities within Zimbabwean society, comes an issue that Laura Agustin describes as the “conundrum of agency” within sex work. That is, the tension and challenges that emerge between force and choice in work in the sex industry. Eurocentric notions of agency understand it as “the ability […]

‘Restoring’ fertility: surrogacy, law, and the economy

by Meera Somji

In December 2019 I attended a Supreme Court hearing on whether a young woman in the UK should be awarded damages to fund the cost of a commercial surrogacy in California by an NHS Trust, after losing the ability to bear a child due to several incidents of hospital negligence. The key questions debated by the Justices […]

In labour and in love: Privacy through a gendered lens

by Aastha Malhotra and Arshia Roy

Recently, there has been an increased emphasis on an individual’s right to privacy, with more and more nations jumping into adopting privacy legislations and safeguards for their citizens. This comes in the context of a severe threat to our informational and decision-making privacy.

Rarely ever, however, are any aspects of privacy viewed from a gendered […]

November 18th, 2019|Featured, Policy|0 Comments|
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    Silence of the Indian sex-workers: Dissecting the eternally suppressed perspective

Silence of the Indian sex-workers: Dissecting the eternally suppressed perspective

by Priyadarshee Mukhopadhyay

 

Are they listening?

The dreadful condition of sex-workers in India has always been a burning issue. While gender equality and human rights movements in India are at an all time high, the condition of sex workers keep deteriorating. Central to this, is the silencing of sex workers’ voices in public. It is an injustice when the views of […]

September 2nd, 2019|Featured, Policy, Society|0 Comments|

Hijras and the legacy of British colonial rule in India

by Sophie Hunter

On 6 September last year the Supreme Court of India struck down Section 377 (S377) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), decriminalising homosexuality. Introduced during British colonial rule in India in 1864 as a legal transplant of the British 1533 Buggery Act, this section criminalised non-procreative sexualities. Historically it was used to target, among others, transgender persons, […]

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