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Susan Jolly - Programme Convenor

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Susie Jolly has left IDS. Previously, she convened the Sexuality and Development Programme in the Participation, Power and Social Change team in the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

Her work focused on intersections between sexuality, gender and development, in particular promoting positive approaches to sexuality and rights to pleasure. She was the co-editor of 'Sexuality Matters' IDS Bulletin (with Andrea Cornwall) and of the 'Gender and Sexuality' Cutting Edge Pack (with Pinar Ilkkaracan and Emily Esplen). Before coming to IDS, Susie lived in Beijing for many years, managing UNDP poverty alleviation programmes and joining in local women's and sexual rights activism.

Pathways is a research and communication programme which seeks to discover where women are achieving real gains despite or because of policy and practice. It looks at how this has happened, and aims to make these pathways visible so that we can build on these revealed successes.

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Supporting the realisation of sexual rights and access to basic services for those facing poverty and injustice

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This is the cover for the book, 'Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure'.

Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure

This pioneering collection explores the ways in which positive, pleasure-focused approaches to sexuality can empower women. More details

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Sexuality and the Economy in China

This publication examines the changing relationships between sex and money in contemporary China. Factors such as marriage or other forms of sexual expression still impact upon access to resources, whilst financial and economic status impacts dramatically upon access to sex and partners, as well as opportunities for pleasure and sexual expression. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Poverty and Sexuality: What are the connections?

Few studies and reports examine the relationship between poverty and the denial of sexual rights. However, an emerging literature by researchers, activists and organisations shows that in many cases, poor people are more vulnerable to abuses of sexual rights, and that such abuses can entrench poverty. More details

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Gender; Sexuality.

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