Since the late 1970´s I have been involved in research and advocacy activities related to gender equality, health and sexuality. Between 1992 and 2009 I was the research coordinator for sexual and reproductive health and rights at DAWN – Development Alternatives with Women for a new Era – a Southern Hemisphere feminist network. In that capacity I closely followed United Nations negotiations directly impacting on gender and sexuality related matters: the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD – Cairo 1994), the IV World Conference on Women (IV WCW –Beijing, 1995) and their respective reviews.
I am currently a research associate at the Brazilian Interdisciplinary Association for AIDS, in Rio de Janeiro. Since 2002, with Richard Parker, I co-chairs Sexuality Policy Watch (SPW), a global forum comprised of researchers and activists engaged in the analyses of global trends in sexuality related policy and politics.
I have extensively published in Portuguese and English. This list includes, among others, Population and Reproductive Rights: Feminist Perspectives from the South (Zed Books, 1994) and Sexuality, Health and Human Rights co-authored with Richard Parker and Rosalind Petchesky (Routledge, 2008), Development with a Body (co-authored with Andrea Cornwall and Susan Jolly ( Zed Books, 2008) and Emerging powers, sexuality and human rights: Fumbling around the elephant (2015), co -authored with Akshay Khana. I have also lectured in various academic institutions.