GLOBAL – Sexuality Policy Watch Round-Up 2019

As in previous years, SPW has sent out a newsletter summarising 2019 with an excellent compilation of the main facts, trends, setbacks and victories in gender and sexuality politics that marked the year, and pointing to the challenges ahead in 2020. Here are a few examples:

– The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, presented his report on women´s human rights defenders in which the negative impact of various factors is analyzed including anti-gender campaigns.

– In Angola, the colonial-era Penal Code criminalization of homosexuality was struck down and a provision was approved to criminalize discrimination based on sexual orientation.

– As it happens annually, International Women’s Day was intensively commemorated by feminist and women’s rights activists worldwide (check our compilation).  The novelty of 2019 was that, for the first time ever, anti-feminist events have also been registered on a visible scale in Spain, Uruguay (in Spanish) and Brazil (in Portuguese).

– In Paraguay, the Ministry of Education issued a resolution, prohibiting teachers of public and private schools to use the Comprehensive Sexual Education Guide for its “libertarian” outlook on gender and sexuality related themes.

– In Argentina, high school students have autonomously organised and published an online guide on sexuality education to deflect the anti-SexEd attacks led by anti-gender religious groups (in Spanish).

FULL REPORT: Sexuality Policy Watch, January 2020