RT103 - Gender, sexuality and social justice: unpacking dominant development and policy discourses
Convened by Silke Heumann, Ana Victoria Portocarrero Lacayo and Brenda Rodríguez Cortés (all from International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands)

This roundtable explores the intersections of gender, sexuality and social justice. It aims to contribute to more meaningful solidarity efforts towards peace and social justice by critically engaging with binary, heteronormative and ethnocentric assumptions around gender, sexuality and race, underlying public policies, and development interventions. It brings scholars from four different regions who are at the crossroads of academia and multiple professional and activist engagements, shaping debates, struggles and policies in relation to development and social justice issues. The studies are based on original research and offer nuanced theoretical and methodological approaches from an intersectional feminist lens.

Confirmed participants and fields of interest:

Hellen Venganai, Women's University in Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe: Gender, sexuality and culture; power-knowledge in development interventions

Mohammad Ibrahim Khalad, Australian National University Australia& Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh: migration, islamophobia and masculinities

Brenda Rodríguez, México, ISS, The Hague The Netherlands: sexual subjectivities, teen pregnancy

Ana Victoria Portocarrero, Nicaragua, ISS, The Hague,  The Netherlands: sexuality, feminist economics

Silke Heumann, ISS, The Hague, The Netherlands: gender and sexual politics, intersectional feminism, social movements