free your soul
Susie Jolly – 21 December 2009
People who work on gender and development talk a great deal about women as victims of sexual violence. Action is urgently needed to prevent sexual violence against women. However, if we only talk about violence we reinforce stereotypes of women as passive and powerless. Bibi Bakare Yusuf, an academic from Lagos, described the effect as paralysing – especially for younger women just coming into sexual consciousness – at the Pleasure and Women’s Empowerment workshop held at IDS on 14-16 December. Workshop participants concluded that we must also make space to explore pleasure, well-being and the positive sides of sexuality.