Combating discrimination and promoting equality as a fundamental human right and a basic principle of social justice
Sonia Corrêa is Brazilian. She has a degree in Architecture and a post-graduate degree in Anthropology. Since the late 1970´s she has been involved in research and advocacy activities related to gender equality, health and sexuality. She is the founder of SOS-Corpo - Instituto Feminista para Democracia and the Commission of Citizenship and Reproduction (CCR) in Brazil.
Between 1992 and 2009 she 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 this capacity, she 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 also the five and ten year review processes of these conferences.
Since 2002, with Richard Parker, she co-chairs Sexuality Policy Watch (SPW), a global forum comprising researchers and activists engaged in the analyses of global trends in sexuality related policy and politics. In 2006, she co-chaired the expert meeting that finalised the Yogyakarta Principles.
She has also lectured in various academic institutions and extensively published in Portuguese and English. The list of her writings 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).