Gender, Sexuality, and Rights

Rights related to gender and sexuality face both incremental progress and significant rollbacks of support in health and legal policy, with contestations often treated as constitutive of struggles between and within nations and cultures. Despite being delineated as a coherent field of rights, these struggles arise in remarkably asymmetrical ways: in some places, abortion rights are being rolled back, while gay rights are advancing; in some places, persons expressing gender and reproductive non-conformity are targeted, often through the criminal law. GHJP works in this complex and volatile area using a nuanced, multidisciplinary approach, moving between practice and scholarship to forge new alliances and provide analytics and groundwork for new policies.

GHJP co-director Alice M. Miller directs specific projects with faculty, fellows and students, including to support the mandate of the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity through background research relevant to thematic reports. In addition, Miller continues both formal and informal collaborations and other forms of analytic and research support with a range of global human rights experts, NGOs, and UN mandate holders on gender, sexuality and human rights. 

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