Sexuality: A Missing Dimension in Development

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This study is relevant to humanitarian practitioners because it considers the concept of sexuality in a deeper sense within the development. Moreover, with its recommendations to fill the gaps, the study can help practitioners to look into the issues more intensely.

The paper discusses the work Sweden has been doing with its SRHR policies and development co-operation. The  concept paper aims to address a deeper meaning to ‘sexuality’ other than just reproductive health. The paper is divided into chapters; each chapter focuses on a different element of sexuality and why sexuality matters across thematic areas of development, including climate change, education, agricultural development, migration issues and gender equality. The paper gives recommendations for incorporating sexuality beyond sexual and reproductive health and rights into development practice and policy. The paper concludes by making commitments for Sida to incorporate sexuality into its practice, and to foster democratic decision-making process and support positive empowering approaches to sexuality.

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"Across cultures, societies and historical periods, the state, religious authorities and other social institutions have sought to regulate sexuality and sexual expression, prescribing some forms of relationship – such as heterosexual marriage – and proscribing others."

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The paper discusses the work Sweden has been doing with its SRHR policies and development co-operation. The  concept paper aims to address a deeper meaning to ‘sexuality’ other than just reproductive health. The paper is divided into chapters; each chapter focuses on a different element of sexuality and why sexuality matters across thematic areas of development, including climate change, education, agricultural development, migration issues and gender equality. The paper gives recommendations for incorporating sexuality beyond sexual and reproductive health and rights into development practice and policy. The paper concludes by making commitments for Sida to incorporate sexuality into its practice, and to foster democratic decision-making process and support positive empowering approaches to sexuality.