Right to Love: India’s Decriminalization of Homosexuality Understood in Light of Contact

New article by LawTransform’s affiliate Vikram Kolmannskog On September 6, 2018, homosexuality was decriminalized in India. It was the result of a rights mobilization that started almost two decades ago. From the start, Indian lesbian, gay, bi, trans (LGBT) activists tried to influence society and the judges directly, not least through contact with other judges […]

Abortion and ‘conscientious objection’ in South Africa

Satang Nabaneh (2021)

Abortion and 'conscientious objection' in South Africa. In Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Africa. By Ebenezer Durojaye, Gladys Mirugi-Mukundi, Charles Ngwena. Routlege

New book chapter: The 1996 Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act of South Africa is hailed as one of the most exemplary liberal laws on abortion. However, one of the key challenges to the efficacy of the law is the refusal to perform or provide abortion care based on conscience grounds. The Act does not directly […]

Blogpost: “Causa Justa” Movement for the elimination of abortion crime in Colombia

Ana María Méndez, Ana Cristina González Vélez, Catalina Martínez and Mariana Ardila (2021)

“… The event of conception and even its eventual desire do not imply a project, let alone a desire for motherhood” (Pitch, 2003)   The time for the feminist movement to fight for the complete decriminalization of abortion in Colombia has arrived. More than 90 organizations and 150 activists around the country have joined together towards […]

LGBT rights in Africa

Siri Gloppen and Lise Rakner (2020)

Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law. Edited by Chris Ashford and Alexander Maine

Across the African continent, homosexuality has since the late 1990s become an issue of political contestation and conflict. When Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe castigated the gay community in 1993, it marked the first incidence of contemporary politicized homophobia on the continent. This incident has been followed by numerous similar attacks, in Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ghana, […]

Queer Realness: In Pursuit of Freedom

C. Anzio Jacobs (2020)

Interactive magazine and podcast "Queer Realness: In Pursuit of Freedom"

How are lives of transgender and intersex people in India affected by the momentous legal changes for LGBTIQ+ people that has taken place in the past years, including with the 2018 Supreme Court’s Navtej Johar decision which among other decriminalized homosexuality? And what are the stories behind the story of litigation? In the interactive magazine […]

Den gode «fiende»: Fra flyktninger til seksuelle minoriteter

Lise Rakner (2019)

Rakner, L. (2019). "Den gode «fiende»: Fra flyktninger til seksuelle minoriteter". Agenda Magasin, 09.04.2019.

Hvorfor kjører Polens nasjonal-konservative regjeringsparti LHBT-motstand som viktigste valgkamptema foran Europaparlamentsvalget i mai? Under slagordet «Ikke rør barna» har regjeringspartiet «Lov og rettferdighetspartiet» (PiS) i Polen kritisert forslaget til seksualundervisning i skolen. Det er utviklet av Verdens Helseorganisasjon (WHO), og godkjent i landets hovedstad, Warszawa. PiS sterke mann, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, har valgt å gjøre LHBT-spørsmål […]

Frå sinke til føregangsland på transpersonars rettar

Malin Solheim Moldestad (2016)

Moldestad’s MA thesis I løpet av to år gjekk Norge frå å vere ei sinke når det gjelder transpersonar sine rettar til å bli eit føregangsland med diskrimineringsvern grunna kjønnsidentitet og kjønnsuttrykk og verdas mest liberale lov om endring av juridisk kjønn. Oppgåvas målsetnad er å undersøkje kva som var bakgrunnen for den nye lova […]

Rainbow revolution in Latin America: The battle for recognition

Camila Gianella Malca and Bruce Wilson (2015)

Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 14 no. 1) 4 p.

In a surprising turn of events, a “rainbow revolution” has blossomed in Latin America. In spite of the region’s long history of deep-rooted patriarchy, machismo, homophobia, and political and social marginalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT) people, Latin America is currently home to twenty five percent of the world’s countries with same sex […]

One step forward and many to the side: combating gender violence in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

Torunn Wimpelmann (2015)

Women's Studies International Forum

This article by Torunn Wimpelmann (CMI)  offers some reflections on the efforts over the last decade to combat violence against women in Afghanistan through reforms of laws and the justice system. The paper identifies two intersecting factors that have curtailed the transformative impact of these efforts. Firstly, law-making and legal practices have become infused with […]

Access denied. Abortion rights in Latin America

Camila Gianella-Malca, Siri Gloppen (2014)

Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 13 no. 1) 4 p.

Millions of Latin American women face serious barriers to their sexual and reproductive rights, and they suffer serious consequences as a result. Latin American countries maintain restrictive abortion laws in spite of social developments like economic growth, democratically elected governments, formal adoption of liberal constitutions and ideologies.